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Choi, Lee Jin – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2021
While quality English language education is not equally accessible in many EFL countries, neoliberalism and its ideology of language as a neutral skill that everyone can acquire has obscured inequalities caused by the heavy emphasis on English as a dominant world language. Using South Korea as an example, I examine how individuals, especially…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Social Class
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De Costa, Peter I.; Park, Joseph Sung-Yul; Wee, Lionel – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2021
This introduction builds on De Costa et al.'s (2016], [2019) notion of linguistic entrepreneurship, which is defined as "the act of aligning with the moral imperative to strategically exploit language-related resources for enhancing one's worth in the world" (2016: 696). The four empirical studies and two critical commentaries that…
Descriptors: Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Language Planning, Neoliberalism
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Sohn, Bong-Gi; Kang, Mia – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2021
Global flows of migration to South Korea bring a new challenge of how to negotiate the identities of migrants. Unlike other reported cases that reframe the value of migrants' first language as part of contingent practices of diversity management, the South Korean government has responded to this challenge by explicitly reframing so-called…
Descriptors: Females, Entrepreneurship, Mothers, Bilingualism
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Bae, Sohee; Park, Joseph Sung-Yul – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
This paper examines how entrepreneurial visions of the future contribute to neoliberalism's appropriation of language learning as a strategy for capital accumulation. Taking as an example South Korea's heavy investment in children's English language learning -- commonly known as early English education ("yeongeo jogi gyoyuk") -- it…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Chen, Xi – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, new global challenges have been presented to all affected countries, underlining the importance of international communication and co-operation. This study examines a particular linguistic means, classical Chinese poetry, used successfully by China, Japan and South Korea to facilitate their intercultural…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Prevention, Foreign Countries
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Jang, In Chull; Choi, Lee Jin – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
As the public health threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic is still evolving globally, many linguistic minorities are struggling to obtain accurate and timely health information about the disease and its prevention and treatment in their native language. This study argues that existing ethnic online communities can play an important role in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, COVID-19, Pandemics, Language Minorities
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Zhang, Leticia-Tian; Zhao, Sumin – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
Diaspora vloggers--migrants who produce video blogs in the language of their home countries for a transnational diaspora community--have been a largely overlooked group in the studies of social media. This paper focuses on the unique role of Chinese diaspora vloggers during an unprecedented global event--the COVID-19 pandemic. Using manual keyword…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Social Media, Video Technology
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Choi, Lee Jin – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
The process of globalization, along with the advent of Internet technology, has resulted in the increasing presence of written mixed-language discourses produced and used by multilinguals in online spaces (e. g. online chat, instant messaging, and online discussion boards). Despite the fact that multilingual texts have become more visible and…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Language Attitudes, Multilingualism, Ethnography
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Cho, Jinhyun – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2015
This article examines the socially constructed nature of significant linguistic insecurity with regard to the English language in Korean society as informed by neoliberalism. It specifically explores how linguistic insecurity leads to the pursuit of linguistic perfectionism under the popular discourse of neoliberal personhood. Participants are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Neoliberalism, English (Second Language), Language Usage
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Hahn, Jee-Won; Hatfield, Hunter – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2011
Brown and Levinson's ([1978] Politeness: Some universals in language use, Cambridge University Press, 1987) politeness theory has been criticized as being ethnocentric by displaying a Western preoccupation with autonomy and individualism. Many non-western societies, it is argued, are better understood by appealing to cultural discernment or group…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Language Usage, Intimacy, Foreign Countries