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The Global Intercultural Communication Reader, 2e, 2nd Edition by Jing Yin, Yoshitaka Miike, Molefi Kete Asante

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The Hegemony of English and Strategies for Linguistic Pluralism

Proposing the Ecology of Language Paradigm

Yukio Tsuda

In this chapter, Yukio Tsuda problematizes the taken-for-granted dominance of the English language in international and intercultural communication. Critical scholars have interrogated inequalities among groups, nations, and cultures in terms of political systems, economic structures, and the production and distribution of cultural contents across countries. However, language is oftentimes assumed as a neutral means of communication and is seldom questioned as a form of domination that sustains the unjust global power relations. Tsuda attributes the hegemony of English to neocolonialism and globalism. At the level of international ...

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