School of Languages and Applied Linguistics


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Dr Mario Saraceni

  • Role Title: Reader, English and Linguistics; Associate Head, Research
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6180
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  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I have been at the University of Portsmouth since 2004. I previously worked in Bangkok, Thailand and in Nottingham, where I received my PhD in 2001. I have travelled extensively in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong), where I also have conducted research and presented papers at international conferences. 


Research clusters

  • Languages across Borders

My main research interest is in English and globalization. My scholarly activity focuses on the political, ideological and pedagogical implications of the forms and functions of the English language outside its traditional "cultural base" (UK, USA, etc.). In particular, I am interested in the ways in which English is de-colonised, de-nationalised, re-nationalised, and trans-nationalised; in the ways in which it is idealised, fetishised, criticised and how all these narratives interface with the lives and the identities of those who use this language. I am interested, too, in the ways in which English is used translingually and how this invites us to re-conceptualize the very notion of 'a language'.

In this area I have published several books, chapters and articles. My most recent book, World Englishes: A Critical Analysis (Bloomsbury, 2015), was awarded the British Applied Linguistics Association (BAAL) Book Prize in 2016.


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