Linguistic Hegemony and Language Identity: An interview with Dr. Richard Young
Conducted by: Ji Young Park
Friday, November 18
(1) Do you yourself speak any languages other than English and has this affected your research in any way?
(2) Could you please define for us exactly what is a "hegemonic language"? In today's world, given the need for easy and efficient global communication, why can 'hegemonic language' be a bad thing?
(3) How is a person's identity related to the language s/he speaks? If a person speaks multiple languages, does it mean that s/he has multiple identities? What happens if these identities conflict with one another?
(4) Are there any benefits of smaller communities with their own languages coming in contact with hegemonic languages?
(5) What direction do you see your research developing in the future?