Robert Phillipson

Professor emeritus, CBS

  • St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School, London 1950-56.
  • Cranbrook School, Kent 1956-61.
  • Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge 1961-1964
    B.A. in Modern Languages (French and German) Part 1 and Law, Part 2, 1964, M.A. 1967.
  • Leeds University 1968-69, M.A. in Linguistics and English Language Teaching.
  • Dr.Phil. with distinction ("cum laude") for thesis "English Language Teaching and Imperialism", 1990, Faculty of Education, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Current affiliation
  • Professor Emeritius, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; Research Professor, 2000-2005, Professor 2005-2008.
Former affiliations

British Council 1964-1973

  • Teacher training, Madrid, 1964
  • Lecturer, British Institute, École Nationale Polytechnique, and École Supérieure d'Interpretariat, Faculté des Lettres, Algiers, Algeria, 1965-68
  • English Language Officer, Yugoslavia, 1969-1972
  • Head, European Unit, English-Teaching Information Centre, London, 1972-73

Department of Languages and Culture, Roskilde University, Denmark 1973-2000

  • associate professor in English and language pedagogy.
  • administrative posts:
    - Head of Department, 1987-1988, and 1992-1994.
    - Dean of the Humanities for the university in the same period member of the university's senate 1993-94.
    - Chair, University Board of Ph.D. studies, 1995-2000.
  • teaching duties in the humanities basic studies programme, the English degree, and the Ph.D. research degree in ‘Language, Culture and Communication’, part-time lecturer in International Development Studies 1983-86.

University of Copenhagen, Department of English, 1973-84

  • part-time lecturer in phonetics and applied linguistics, 1973-77.
  • member of Project on Foreign Language Pedagogy, 1977-1984.
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.
Selected publications
  • Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove and Robert Phillipson (eds) 2016. 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.
Short-term attachments
  • Institute of Education, University of London, UK, 1983.
  • University of Melbourne, Australia, 1994.
  • Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, 1995.
  • University of Pécs, Hungary, 1996.
  • University of Cambridge, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), 2005.

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