The Rise of English: A Discussion with Rosemary Salomone


The Rise of English: Global Politics and the Power of Language, which has just been reissued in paperback by Oxford University Press, with a new preface.

The Rise of English charts the spread of English as the dominant lingua franca worldwide. The book explores the wide-ranging economic and political effects of English. It examines both the good and harm that English can cause as it increases economic opportunity for some but sidelines others. Overall, the book argues that English can function beneficially as a key component of multilingual ecologies worldwide.

In the conversation, we explore how the dominance of English has become more contested since the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in higher education and global knowledge production.

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Ingrid Piller

Ingrid Piller is Distinguished Professor of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney. Her research expertise is in intercultural communication, language learning, multilingualism, and bilingual education.

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