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Internationalizing Minimal English: Perils and Parallels


Farrelly, N and Wesley, M, Internationalizing Minimal English: Perils and Parallels, Minimal English for a Global World: Improved Communication Using Fewer Words, Palgrave Macmillan, C Goddard (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 95-112. ISBN 978-3-319-62511-9 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-62512-6


This chapter links the development of Minimal English to the concerns of practitioners and analysts of international affairs. Using examples from the Asian region, the authors suggest that, in this new era of multipolar intercultural relations, the need for neutral languages for coordination is greater than ever. A case study of US–China relations shows that using English in ways that do not acknowledge its heavy cultural and power baggage can invite misunderstanding and resistance. The authors argue that Minimal English offers a chance to move from a mode of domination and socialization to a mode of coordination and renegotiation.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Farrelly, N (Professor Nicholas Farrelly)
ID Code:140065
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-07-23
Last Modified:2021-07-15

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