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‘Requires proofing by a native speaker’ – colonization and scholarship

Costello, Eamon orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-2775-6006 (2020) ‘Requires proofing by a native speaker’ – colonization and scholarship. Insights, 33 . pp. 1-7. ISSN 2048-7754

Many academic scholars have encountered some variation of the phrase: ‘This manuscript could benefit from proofing by a native English speaker’. They may have received this feedback or given it. This article aims to use peer review as a prism through which to explore aspects of linguistic power and privilege. In unpacking some of the language of peer review we may question some assumptions we hold about ‘native’ English speakers. Although making reference to other written works, this commentary is foregrounded in personal testimony. It does this to contextualize the issues. It is written from the perspective of a storyteller. It draws upon the stories of languages and how we use them, of where they come from and where they are going. Running throughout is the idea and the very dark reality of colonization.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Colonialism; scholarly communication; peer review; decolonization; scholarly discourse; academic labour
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > NIDL (National Institute for Digital Learning)
Publisher:Ubiquity Press
Official URL:http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.502
Copyright Information:2020 The Author. CC-BY- 4.0
ID Code:25127
Deposited On:29 Oct 2020 12:03 by Thomas Murtagh . Last Modified 29 Oct 2020 12:03

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