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The Sociolinguistics of Academic Publishing

Language and the Practices of Homo Academicus


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Linus Salö
    Pages 1-15
  3. Linus Salö
    Pages 71-88
  4. Linus Salö
    Pages 89-119
  5. Linus Salö
    Pages 121-130
  6. Linus Salö
    Pages 131-136
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 137-141

About this book


‘A thoughtful study of the importance of language choice for making scholarly findings known to the world.’
— Dr Florian Coulmas, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

This book presents a sociolinguistics of academic publishing from an historical and contemporary perspective. Using Swedish academia as a case study, it focuses on publishing practices within history and psychology. The author demonstrates how new regimes of research evaluation and performance-based funding are impinging on university life. His central argument, following the French sociologist Bourdieu, is that the trend towards publishing in English should be understood as a social strategy, developed in response to such transformations. Thought-provoking and challenging, this book will interest students and scholars of sociolinguistics, language planning and language policy, research policy, sociology of science, history and psychology.


scientific publishing research policy English for academic purposes linguistic fluxes English in Sweden

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research on BilingualismStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

About the authors

Linus Salö is a researcher at Stockholm University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He is active in a number of disciplinary fields, including sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology.

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