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Cultural Globalization, Global English, and Geography Journals

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In this paper we review the debate on cultural globalization and examine the rise of English as a form of global communication. The implications of these trends for the geographical community are discussed in an analysis of the use of English in geography journals. We note the increasing number of journals published in English, measure the proportion of contributions from non-English-speaking countries in English language journals, and note the language practice of selected journals. We conclude that there has been a trend towards linguistic homogenization and raise the question: what are the implications of a geographical discourse dominated by just one language?
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Keywords: English language; geography journals; globalization

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Syracuse University

Publication date: 01 February 2001

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