The Hegemony of English and Strategies for Linguistic Pluralism: Proposing the Ecology of Language Paradigm

One of the most important tasks that we scholars ought to achieve is to discover a question out of the taken-for-granted knowledge in the existing reality. The question I want to raise in this paper is concerned with the use of English which is very much taken for granted in international communication today. Speaking from the non-English-speaking perspective, I believe the use of English should not be taken for granted, but it should be examined as a problem of linguistic hegemony. It is evident that English is the de facto international language of international communication today, but it is also evident that the dominance of English today causes not only linguistic and communicative inequality but also the feelings of anxiety and insecurity especially on the part of the non-English-speaking people in a rapidly globalizing world in which English dominates extensively. Thus, there is a need to propose a paradigm for counterattacking the Hegemony of English so that linguistic and cultural pluralism will be secured.

In this paper I want to achieve two goals. One is to raise the problem of the Hegemony of English by discussing the two aspects of it, namely, neocolonialism and globalism. The other goal is to discuss what I call “The Ecology of Language Paradigm” as a counter-strategy to the Hegemony of English in order to find some implications for the building of a more equal international communication and linguistic pluralism. Addressing the problem of linguistic hegemony is crucial to the development of human and cultural security. Read the whole article…

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