In the 1990’s, English language researchers and educators began to call attention to the fatal impact on local languages and cultures by English linguistic imperialism. A strong pushback occurred, thereby revealing and rejecting the destructive nexus of asymmetrical power relations, an emerging global neoliberalism, and a deteriorating language ecology worldwide that was becoming more “American” and hegemonic. The English language witnessed radical deconstruction by disquieted academics and grassroots organizations as world Englishes began to develop. At the same time, western institutions, led largely by United States corporations, continued their expansion globally, and successfully compelled their global partners to rely on the English language in their negotiations, meetings, agreements, and business expansions. Due to the obvious predominant leadership of the United States, one inescapable question materializes: Is a new American imperialism – with its neoliberal, colonizing, and deadly impact on the linguistic ecology of the world through the use of English for economic and political purposes worldwide – now emerging through the birth of an Orbis Americanus?

Becce, N., LATORELLA LEHNER, A. (2019). Local Ecologies of Language and the Role of English Within Recent American Globalization Efforts. In A.T. Paola Loreto (a cura di), The US and the World We Inhabit. (pp. 207-217). Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Local Ecologies of Language and the Role of English Within Recent American Globalization Efforts

NICOLANGELO BECCE
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2019

Abstract

In the 1990’s, English language researchers and educators began to call attention to the fatal impact on local languages and cultures by English linguistic imperialism. A strong pushback occurred, thereby revealing and rejecting the destructive nexus of asymmetrical power relations, an emerging global neoliberalism, and a deteriorating language ecology worldwide that was becoming more “American” and hegemonic. The English language witnessed radical deconstruction by disquieted academics and grassroots organizations as world Englishes began to develop. At the same time, western institutions, led largely by United States corporations, continued their expansion globally, and successfully compelled their global partners to rely on the English language in their negotiations, meetings, agreements, and business expansions. Due to the obvious predominant leadership of the United States, one inescapable question materializes: Is a new American imperialism – with its neoliberal, colonizing, and deadly impact on the linguistic ecology of the world through the use of English for economic and political purposes worldwide – now emerging through the birth of an Orbis Americanus?
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Becce, N., LATORELLA LEHNER, A. (2019). Local Ecologies of Language and the Role of English Within Recent American Globalization Efforts. In A.T. Paola Loreto (a cura di), The US and the World We Inhabit. (pp. 207-217). Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
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