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English as the Language for Academic Publication: on Equity, Disadvantage and ‘Non-Nativeness’ as a Red Herring

School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
Publications 2019, 7(2), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications7020031
Received: 23 January 2019 / Revised: 13 April 2019 / Accepted: 22 April 2019 / Published: 29 April 2019
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Abstract

Within the fields of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Research Publication Purposes (ERPP), the question of whether English as an Additional Language (EAL) scholars are disadvantaged by the pressure to publish in English continues to be debated. In this paper, I challenge this orthodoxy, raising questions about the evidence upon which it is based. Within a framework of ‘verbal hygiene’, I will argue that the attention accorded to ‘non-nativeness’ may be disproportionate to its significance for publication success. I conclude by proposing some reorientations for researchers and practitioners in the field that encompass non-linguistic structures of inequity. View Full-Text
Keywords: EAL disadvantage; non-nativeness as a red herring; verbal hygiene; field reorientations EAL disadvantage; non-nativeness as a red herring; verbal hygiene; field reorientations
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Hultgren, A.K. English as the Language for Academic Publication: on Equity, Disadvantage and ‘Non-Nativeness’ as a Red Herring. Publications 2019, 7, 31.

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