Department of Management, Society and Communication

Professor emeritus

Room: DAL/2V.005
E-mail: rp.msc@cbs.dk
Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas

English in the modern world, reasons for its expansion, and implications for other languages.

Linguistic imperialism, language and power, postcolonial and neoimperial languages.

Language rights, linguistic human rights, linguistic justice.

Language policy in EU institutions and in the interaction between the EU and member states.

Language pedagogy, the learning of English.

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My books on language policy, language rights, and language in education have been published in a dozen countries. I have strong links to colleagues worldwide, many of whom are critical scholars working for greater social justice in education and the wider international society. In recent years I have been invited to lecture in Australia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Mauritius, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, and several eastern and southern European countries. I act as an expert assessing EU funding applications in the area of language and culture and European identity. Influencing the Danish government to take language policy seriously has always been uphill and is a continuing challenge. In 2010 I was awarded the UNESCO Linguapax prize.

Kontor: DAL/2V.005
Tel:+45 38153171
Other teaching activities

I have taught PhD courses on language policy in Denmark (CBS, Aalborg), Hungary (Szeged), and China (Shanghai) in recent years.

Selected publications

Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove and Robert Phillipson (eds) 2017. Language Rights. Four volumes. Routledge.

Bunce, Pauline, Robert Phillipson, Vaughan Rapatahana, and Ruanni. F. Tupas (eds) 2016. Why English? Confronting the Hydra. Multilingual Matters.

Phillipson, Robert 2016. Myths and realities of ‘global' English. Language Policy. On-line from June 2016.

Linguistic imperialism. Oxford University Press, 1992.

English-only Europe? Challenging language policy. Routledge, 2003.

Phillipson, Robert 2015. English as threat or opportunity in European Higher Education. In English-Medium Instruction in European Higher Education: English in Europe, ed. S. Dimova, A. K. Hultgren, and C. Jensen. Mouton de Gruyter, 19-42.

Phillipson, Robert 2015. Linguistic imperialism of and in the European Union. In Revisiting the European Union as Empire, ed. Hartmut Behr and Yannis A. Stivachtis. Routledge, 134-163.

Publications List
Publications & dissemination
Robert Phillipson; Tove Skutnabb-Kangas / Linguistic Imperialism and the Consequences for Language Ecology
In: The Routledge Handbook of Ecolinguistics. ed. /Alwin F. Fill; Hermine Penz. Abingdon : Routledge 2018, p. 121-134 (Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics)
Book chapter
Robert Phillipson; Tove Skutnabb-Kangas / English, Language Dominance, and Ecolinguistic Diversity Maintenance
In: The Oxford Handbook of World Englishes. ed. /Markku Filppula; Juhani Klemola; Devyani Sharma. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2017, p. 312-332
Book chapter
Robert Phillipson / Myths and Realities of European Union Language Policy
In: World Englishes, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2017, p. 347-349
Robert Phillipson / Myths and Realities of ‘Global’ English
In: Language Policy, Vol. 16, No. 3, 8.2017, p. 313-319
Journal article
Robert Phillipson / Additive University Multilingualism in English-dominant Empire : The Language Policy Challenges.
In: Facetten der Mehrsprachigkeit / Reflets du plurilinguisme: Die Wahl der Sprachen: Luxemburg in Europa / Le choix des langues: Le Luxembourg à L'heure Européenne. . ed. /Michael Langner; Vic Jovanovic. Bern : Peter Lang 2016, p. 139-161 (Mehrsprachigkeit in Europa / Mulitlingualism in Europe, No. 10)
Book chapter
Robert Phillipson / F. Copland, S. Garton, & S. Mann. (Eds.) 2016. LETs and NESTs: Voices, Views and Vignettes. Pp. 266
In: Canadian Modern Language Review / La Revue canadienne des langues vivantes, Vol. 72, No. 4, 2016, p. 572-574
Book review
Pauline Bunce; Robert Phillipson; Vaughan Rapatahana; Ruanni Tupas / Introduction
In: Why English?: Confronting the Hydra. . ed. /Pauline Bunce; Robert Phillipson; Vaughan Rapatahana; Ruanni Tupas. Bristol : Multilingual Matters 2016, p. 1-20 (Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights, Vol. 13)
Book chapter
Robert Phillipson / Native Speakers in Linguistic Imperialism
In: Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2016, p. 80-96
Journal article
Robert Phillipson / Promoting English : Hydras Old and New.
In: Why English?: Confronting the Hydra. . ed. /Pauline Bunce; Robert Phillipson; Vaughan Rapatahana; Ruanni Tupas. Bristol : Multilingual Matters 2016, p. 35-46 (Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights, Vol. 13)
Book chapter
Pauline Bunce (Editor) ; Robert Phillipson (Editor) ; Vaughan Rapatahana (Editor) ; Ruanni Tupas (Editor) / Why English? : Confronting the Hydra.
Bristol : Multilingual Matters 2016, 285 p. (Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights, Vol. 13)
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