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Month: April 2021

The One about English as the dominant language of the profession

The most difficult thing about majorities┬áis not that they cannot see minorities but that they cannot see themselves. Glen Colquhoun (2004) Introduction In a 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class of Kenyon, David Foster Wallace told a story of two fish swimming along when they pass an older fish swimming in the opposite direction.…

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#22 – English language dominance of the profession

In this episode Ben and Michael speak to Shaun Cleaver about the idea that English is taking over as the default language, not only of communication between people of different cultures, but also as the language of knowledge generation and dissemination. We talk about why this might be a problem, and how we might start thinking about solutions.

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