Internationalizing Minimal English: Perils and Parallels

Nicholas Farrelly, Michael Wesley

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMinimal English for a Global World: Improved Communication Using Fewer Words
    Editors Cliff Goddard
    Place of PublicationBasingstoke United Kingdom
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    ISBN (Print)9783319625119
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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