Going cosmopolitan, staying national: identity construction in popular discourses on English as a lingua franca

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Saito, Akihiro. 2017. "Going cosmopolitan, staying national: identity construction in popular discourses on English as a lingua franca." International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 27 (1), pp. 263-285. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijal.12130
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Going cosmopolitan, staying national: identity construction in popular discourses on English as a lingua franca

ERA Journal ID8839
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorSaito, Akihiro
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Applied Linguistics
Journal Citation27 (1), pp. 263-285
Number of Pages23
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0802-6106
1473-4192
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/ijal.12130
Web Address (URL)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijal.12130/abstract
Abstract

Language policy often dictates a nation's collective identity. The aim of the study is to understand the ways in which people perform the nationhood ideology in identity construction as regards language policy. The article explores the construction of attitudes and identity amidst the local and global flows of English. The data were produced as expository essays by Japanese university students. Discursive psychology was used to analyse the data. The finding suggests the policy and popular discourses on English do interact with each other, while people actively exercising agency in constructing their identity. The article closes, noting that the popular discourse evinces the sign of emergent post-national consciousness within a nation-state society.

Keywordsdiscourse analysis, English as a lingua franca, language and identity, language attitudes, language policy/planning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
470401. Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
470210. Globalisation and culture
470405. Discourse and pragmatics
520105. Psychological methodology, design and analysis
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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