A unipolar concentration of english and the multilingual-semilingual paradox

Fusa Katada*

*この研究の対応する著者

研究成果: Conference contribution

抄録

'We have the right to talk and think in our own language.' This self-evident slogan is ever challenged in the digital age of the 21st century. 'Talking and thinking' is most effectively trained and achieved by formal education carried out in one's own language. However, multilingual children growing up in multilingual societies would have to adjust their own language to a language of education in schooling. This paper clarifies scientific grounds that in such situations the main root of learning and thinking through language is discontinuous. It is claimed that the students may face semilingualism, defined as 'linguistic competence insufficiently developed for complex conceptual thinking'. Multilingualism and semilingualism are two sides of one coin, and semilingualism is affecting many parts of the world. This is due to the established eminence of English as a global lingua franca (ELF), which serves as their language of education. This paper is qualitative in nature, pointing out discrepancies between the politically empowered unipolar concentration of English and cognitively suited languages for sustainable development of conceptual thinking. It is intended to serve as a reference point for educators and professionals who are responsible for raising human resources in the digitalized global age.

本文言語English
ホスト出版物のタイトル16th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2019
出版社IADIS Press
ページ379-386
ページ数8
ISBN(電子版)9789898533937
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2019
イベント16th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2019 - Cagliari, Italy
継続期間: 2019 11月 72019 11月 9

出版物シリーズ

名前16th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2019

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, CELDA 2019
国/地域Italy
CityCagliari
Period19/11/719/11/9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 人工知能
  • コンピュータ サイエンスの応用
  • 教育

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