Language Policy

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Can tourism revitalize dying languages?

Article
Victoria Mohr
08/05/2019
8 minutes to read

Some estimates say the world could lose 4,000 of its 6,000 languages by the end of the twenty first century (Grenoble & Whaley, 1999). Can tourism help change that?

The bilingual Google Assistant: breakthrough or cause of inequality?

Article
Sammy Kossen
04/02/2019
9 minutes to read

Due to globalization, families are likely to speak multiple languages within one household. That is why Google made its voice assistant bilingual. Is this a breakthrough in the super-diverse world or just another cause of inequality?

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Academic guidelines, generalization and inequality

Column
Marissa Bakx
12/11/2018
5 minutes to read

Day in day out, we as scholars use academic guidelines like the APA referencing style. This form of standardization is broadly accepted by the academic world. But did you ever think about the system of standardization itself? 

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Revisiting the 2013 Dutch Integration Law

Article
Boudewijn Henskens
27/04/2020
11 minutes to read

The DIY philosophy the state promotes for those who want to integrate in Dutch society has resulted in a 50% decrease in those who pass the exams in the regular timeframe. What has the policy's role been in this? 

Maastricht University sued for being too "international"

Article
S.D.R.Coenegracht@uvt.nl Coenegracht
21/06/2018
13 minutes to read

The debate about the increasing internationalization in Dutch higher education recently became quite controversial as universities across the Netherlands were being sued for teaching in English. 

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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”.