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Academic publishing and the myth of linguistic injustice: Hyland, 2016

Abstract

Academic publication now dominates the lives of academics across the globe who must increasingly submit their research for publication in high profile English language journals to move up the career ladder. The dominance of English in academic publishing, however, has raised questions of communicative inequality and the possible ‘linguistic injustice’ against an author's mother tongue. Native English speakers are thought to have an advantage as they acquire the language naturalistically while second language users must invest more time, effort and money into formally learning it and may experience greater difficulties when writing in English. Attitude surveys reveal that English as an Additional Language authors often believe that editors and referees are prejudiced against them for any non-standard language. In this paper, I critically review the evidence for linguistic injustice through a survey of the literature and interviews with scholars working in Hong Kong. I argue that framing publication problems as a crude Native vs non-Native polarization not only draws on an outmoded respect for ‘Native speaker’ competence but serves to demoralizes EAL writers and marginalize the difficulties experienced by novice L1 English academics. The paper, then, is a call for a more inclusive and balanced view of academic publishing.

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That outmoded native-nonnative distinction again ...

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Non-native accents: ELFpron activities

Non-native accents: ELFpron activities | TELT | Scoop.it
This is the second post about gems of resources uncovered in the Aladdin’s cave that is the BBC Learning English website. Check out our first post for suggestions on using the BBC’s “Better speaking” series.
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Activities and (BBC) resources for EFL/ESL work with non-native pronunciation

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Where Is the Native Speaker Now? - Cook - 2015 - TESOL Quarterly

Where Is the Native Speaker Now? - Cook - 2015 - TESOL Quarterly | TELT | Scoop.it

Vivian Cook Article first published online: 25 NOV 2015 DOI: 10.1002/tesq.286 © 2015 TESOL International Association

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4 pages on multicompetence model and its impact on second language research. I think it's open access, perhaps just while it's recent

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Go and ask a native speaker (not): Hana Ticha

Go and ask a native speaker (not): Hana Ticha | TELT | Scoop.it
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Key quote for me: "Although nowadays it's not fashionable to draw a distinction between native speakers (NSs) and non-native speakers (NNSs) in the field of ELT, people do so anyway. The NS will always be the ultimate stop, the god in possession of all the knowledge we turn to for help if we are lost and helpless. […] I'm not trying to imply that we should avoid consulting native speakers. […] But isn't it us, NNSs, who also contribute to the NSs' aura of exceptionality? Many Czech students (and their parents) still feel that it's better to have a NS teacher of English because they believe they know more. And we, invariably, support this conviction by giving up and asking for evidence served on a silver plate, instead of trying to look for answers ourselves." 

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