Language and Globalization
Dr. Rakesh Bhatt, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, explains the topic of language and globalization through language and linguistic cultural challenges faced by India and Singapore including diversity, creating an official language, language adaptations and globalization through language.
For more Center for Global Studies resources on this topic, see the Language and Culture Research Cluster.
In part 1, Dr. Rakesh Bhatt explains Singapore’s top down approach to cultural diversity and India’s openness to cultural diversity.
In part 2, Dr. Rakesh Bhatt explains why the U.S. should leave the idea of declaring an official language alone using examples from Singapore and India.
In part 3, Dr. Rakesh Bhatt explains the pros and cons of the English language’s expansion to India and Singapore.
In part 4, Dr. Rakesh Bhatt discusses the idea of what could happen if the world becomes completely globalized using language as a connector.
For additional resources, see the following readings:
- Gān̐dhī, Kanhaiyālāla. The Problem of Official Language in India. 1st ed. New Delhi: Arya Book Depot, 1984.
- Lai, Ah Eng, ed. Beyond Rituals and Riots: Ethnic Pluralism and Social Cohesion in Singapore. Singapore: Eastern Universities Press, 2004.
- Mesthrie, Rajend, and Rakesh M. Bhatt World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic Varieties. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
- Bhatt, Rakesh M. "Unraveling Post-Colonial Identity through Language." The Handbook of Language and Globalization.Wiley-Blackwell (2010): 520-539.
- Dixon, L. "Assumptions Behind Singapore's Language-in-Education Policy: Implications for Language Planning and Second Language Acquisition." Language Policy 8.2 (2009): 117-37.
- Ho, Kin Tong, and Hong Cheung Lin. "Cultural Identity and Language: A Proposed Framework for Cultural Globalization and Glocalisation." Journal of Multilingual & Multicultural Development 32.1 (2011): 55-69.