Language awareness and language workers

Koller, Veronika (2018) Language awareness and language workers. Language Awareness, 27 (1-2). pp. 4-20. ISSN 0965-8416

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This paper argues that linguistic skills and awareness are essential requirements for professionals whose work centres on language as a product. Brought about by the commodification of language in developed economies, language work such as brand consulting, text design or online marketing requires linguistic knowledge and resources that many current teaching materials do not provide. Extracts from interviews with a diverse group of language workers allow for first insights into their kind and level of language awareness, but also show that they are more concerned about what they perceive as a lack of language awareness in their clients. This finding suggests a non-linear model of teaching and learning relations between academic linguists, language workers, clients and students. The paper further discusses the options that applied linguists in academia have if they want to work with/as language workers and argues that engaging with language work(ers) can be an opportunity to bring critical language awareness and discourse analytical skills to bear on professional practice and training.

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Language Awareness
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Language Awareness on 01/12/2017, available online:
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?? commodification of languagecritical language awarenesslanguage workerslearning and teaching relationspsychology(all)linguistics and languagegeneralsocial sciences(all)arts and humanities(all)education ??
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