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July 25th, 2019 11:32:32 am

A Proposal for Addressing Language Inequality in Academia | Practical Ethics

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Anri Asagumo
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http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2019/07/a-proposal-for-addressing-language-inequality-in-academia/

Abstract

Although more and more people see the importance of diversity in academia, language diversity is one type of diversity that seems to be diminishing: English is increasingly dominant in both areas. I would like to argue that people who are born and raised in an English-speaking country should be required to acquire a second language to the level they can write a rudimentary paper and give a presentation in that language in order to apply for international conferences and submit papers to international journals. The purpose of this requirement would be to address the significant inequality between native English-speakers and others. I focus on academia here, but ideally the same thing should be applied to the business world, too.

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