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AMBIO

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 836–837 | Cite as

Multilinguismo nas ciências ambientais: Ahora ya! (Multilingualism in Environmental Sciences: It’s About Time!)

  • Meredith Root-Bernstein
  • Richard J. Ladle
Comment

Comment to: Bortolus, A. 2012. Running like Alice and losing good ideas: On the quasi-compulsive use of English by non-native English speaking scientists. AMBIO 41: 769–772. doi: 10.1007/s13280-012-0339-5.

Writing in Ambio, Bortolus (2012) recently argued that many non-native English-speaking environmental scientists invest a disproportionate amount of time in over-coming language barriers, limiting the impact of their research, and constraining their productivity. While it may be inevitable and possibly desirable that one language dominates academic communication, most native English-speaking academics never need to adapt to a work environment dominated by another language, and may not appreciate the magnitude of this problem.

We are both English language native speakers (US and UK) who have lived and worked for several years in South America (Chile and Brazil). Like many “expat scientists,” our experiences have given us new perspectives on the importance of language in science....

Keywords

Multiple Language Translation Service English Language Publishing English Language Journal Bilingual Researcher 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgments

MR-B is funded by FONDECYT, grant number 3130336. RJL is funded by CNPQ, grant number 311412/2011–4.

References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Biological and Health SciencesFederal University of AlagoasMaceióBrazil
  2. 2.School of Geography and the EnvironmentOxford UniversityOxfordUK
  3. 3.Department of EcologyPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile

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