Policies on language in a superdivers world

This course is part of the BA Online Culture: Art, Media and Society or the MA Online Culture at Tilburg University. Click on the link for more info on the courses and the programme.

In this international program Online Culture: Art, Media and Society (Culture Studies) the focus is on digital culture and (new) media. From disciplines such as cultural studies and media studies you study how digitalization and globalization influence our way of living. You discuss new ways of communication, art expressions as well as (social) media expressions like memes and trolls. You research how such ways of communication and expressions are established and how they manifest in, and have influence on a society that increasingly takes place online. Additionally, you actively contribute to digital culture by writing papers and opinion pieces for our own online platform Diggit Magazine.

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Towards a global language policy for emoji?

Paper
Jan Dijsselbloem
05/06/2018
26 minutes to read

Emoji are becoming an increasingly important part of people's repertoires for online text-based meaning making. From their history towards the possibility of a language policy, this article diggs into the characters that are so frequently used.

The case of ‘Englishnization’ in Rakuten, Japan

Article
zhifang Yu
17/10/2018
4 minutes to read

E-commerce giant Rakuten has managed to get Japanese people to speak English competently through the implementation of the language policy called “Englishnization”.

Netflix versus Culture: Language Policy in the Netherlands

Article
Meauraine van Gorp
18/01/2019
8 minutes to read

This article shows how the Dutch government, because of globalization and the rise of online streaming services such as Netflix, has to reconsider its language policy. In this process, many ideological stands are taken. 

Tatar language classes optional in Tatarstan, Russia

Article
Daria Kholod
15/06/2018
4 minutes to read

How did it happen that Tatar, Russia’s second language ceased to be obligatory at schools in Tatarstan? And is this a case of minority languages oppression or something more?

Politics of language in Morocco

Article
Noura Yacoubi
11/01/2021
6 minutes to read

After the independence of Morocco in 1956, the urge was great to create a national language policy. The objective was to generalize education by the Arabisation of the curricula. 

The Dutch Railways' Language Policies

Article
Solange Coenegracht
30/11/2020
6 minutes to read

The use of English at the Dutch Railway Operator NS seems to be rather sporadic. The current article tries to find out what their language policy is regarding the use of English. The NS should opt for a more structured and well-defined policy.