Words, borders, herds: postsocialist English and nationalist language identities in Mongolia

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dc.contributor.author Marzluf, Phillip P.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-21T18:29:48Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-21T18:29:48Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/16319
dc.description.abstract This article focuses on the sociolinguistics of globalism (Blommaert 2010) in Mongolia by examining two dominant language identities, postsocialist English and fundamentalist nationalist Mongolian. Postsocialist English, emerging as a vital part of the free-market capitalist economy in the 1990s, is analyzed in relationship with the now receding language identity of socialist Russian. Postsocialist English supports the values of transnational development, neoliberal economic policies, and post-industrial educational practices. The Mongolian fundamentalist nationalist language identity, on the other hand, responds to free-market globalism by appeals to the land and the traditional pastoral economy of herding. Yet, despite the fact that postsocialist English identifies Mongolians with anti-traditional and urban cultural and social values, the fundamentalist nationalist identity does not perceive of English as a threat; in fact, postsocialist English is used to mediate the anxiety that nationalist Mongolians feel towards China and their other new Asian trading partners. As free-market globalism continues to transform postsocialist Mongolia, including urban migration and the industrial mining of coal and other raw minerals, a sociolinguistics of globalism can continue to navigate the ways in which Mongolians craft their identity through language and, especially, the ways it relates to traditional notions of the land and the pastoral economy. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri http://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2012-0064 en_US
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dc.subject Mongolia en_US
dc.subject Globalism en_US
dc.subject Postsocialism en_US
dc.subject Nationalism en_US
dc.subject World English en_US
dc.title Words, borders, herds: postsocialist English and nationalist language identities in Mongolia en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.citation.doi 10.1515/ijsl-2012-0064 en_US
dc.citation.epage 216 en_US
dc.citation.issue 218 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle International Journal of the Sociology of Language en_US
dc.citation.spage 195 en_US
dc.citation.volume 2012 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid marzluf en_US


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