The Commodification of Language

Conceptual Concerns and Empirical Manifestations

John E. Petrovic (Redaktør) ; Bedrettin Yazan (Redaktør)

This volume seeks to add to our understanding of how language is constructed in late capitalist societies. Exploring the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of the so-called "commodification of language" and its relationship to the notion of linguistic capital, the authors examine recent research that offers implications for language policy and planning. Les mer
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This volume seeks to add to our understanding of how language is constructed in late capitalist societies. Exploring the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of the so-called "commodification of language" and its relationship to the notion of linguistic capital, the authors examine recent research that offers implications for language policy and planning.


Bringing together an international group of scholars, this collection includes chapters that address whether or not language can rightly be referred to as a commodity and, if so, under what circumstances. The different theoretical foundations of understanding language as a resource with exchange value - whether as commodity or capital - have practical implications for policy writ large. The implications of the "commodification of language" in more empirical terms are explored, both in terms of how it affects language as well as language policy at more micro levels. This includes more specific policy arenas such as language in education policy or family language policies as well as the implications for individual identity construction and linguistic communities.


With a conclusion written by leading scholar David Block, this is key reading for researchers and advanced students of critical sociolinguistics, language and economy, language and politics, language policy and linguistic anthropology within linguistics, applied linguistics, and language teacher education.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

List of Illustrations


List of Contributors





Acknowledgements


Introduction


John E. Petrovic & Bedrettin Yazan





Chapter 1: Confronting Language Fetishism in Practice


William Simpson & John P. O'Regan





Chapter 2: Language as Instrument, Resource, and maybe Capital, but not Commodity: A Marxian Clarification


John E. Petrovic & Bedrettin Yazan





Chapter 3: Language, Context, and Economic Value: An Interactionist Approach


Kenneth McGill





Chapter 4: Misconceptions of Economics and Political Economy in Sociolinguistic Research


Francois Grin





Chapter 5: Between Voice and Voices: Negotiating value among interpreters in Toronto


Julie H. Tay & Sebastian Muth





Chapter 6: "A breathtaking English": Negotiating what counts as distinctive linguistic capital at an elite international school near Barcelona


Andrea Sunyol





Chapter 7: Language, ethnicity, and tourism in the making of a Himalayan Tamang village


Bal Krishna Sharma





Chapter 8: When linguistic capital isn't enough: personality development and English speakerhood as capital in India


Katy Highet & Alfonso Del Percio





Chapter 9: Ideologies of multilingualism as an investment and as a marketable commodity among Greek expat families in Luxembourg


Nikos Gogonas





Chapter 10: Names as linguistic capital


Peter K. W. Tan





Chapter 11: Ideologies of French and commodification: What does meaning making imply for multilinguals in transnational times?


Sylvie Roy & Julie Byrd Clark





Coda: Issues arising around conceptual and empirical work on the commodification of language


David Block


Index

Om forfatteren

John E. Petrovic is Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies at The University of Alabama. He teaches in the areas of philosophy of education and educational policy, with focus on language policy in education. His recent books include A Post-Liberal Approach to Language Policy in Education and Unschooling Critical Pedagogy, Unfixing Schools.


Bedrettin Yazan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research focuses on language teacher learning and identity, collaboration between ESL and content teachers, language policy and planning, and World Englishes. Methodologically he is interested in critical autoethnography, narrative inquiry, and qualitative case study.