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the case for english

  • david lublin
Debate

Abstract

English’s role as political science’s lingua franca should inspire reflection but not alarm. Greater multilingualism would undercut academic exchange and provide only a mirage of linguistic equality. The profession should nonetheless recognize and work to mitigate advantages held by native speakers.

Keywords

language political science lingua franca equality English 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the other presenters and people in the audience who asked questions at the ECPR symposium on language in political science, and to André Blais for putting it together. All this input gave me much food for thought, which helped hone my own ideas. I also appreciate the thoughtful comments of Ken Benoit, Shaun Bowler, and Daniel Stockemer on earlier drafts.

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Copyright information

© European Consortium for Political Research 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • david lublin
    • 1
  1. 1.American UniversityWashingtonUSA

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