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Janina Brutt-Griffler, Ph.D.

Polish Studies Program, Director
Graduate School of Education, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Global Initiatives
Department of Learning and Instruction, Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Understanding of language use in society, specifically the exploration of multilingualism; Contemporary dialogue on heritage languages; Language maintenance.


  1. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2002). World English: A study of its development. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters Press.
  2. Brutt-Griffler, J. & Varghese, M. (Eds.). (2004). Bilingualism and language pedagogy. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters Press.
  3. Brutt-Griffler, J. & Davies, C. (Eds.). (2006). English and Ethnicity. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.

Selected Recent Articles

  1. Makoni, S., Brutt-Griffler, J. & Mashiri, P. (2007). The use of "indigenous" and urban vernaculars in Zimbabwe. Language in Society 36(1). 25-49.
  2. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2007). Bilingualism and Elearning. In R. Andrews & C. Haythornthwaite (Eds.), Handbook of Elearning Research, pp. 349-370. London: Sage.
  3. Brutt-Griffler, J. Collins, J. (2007). English as a multilingual subject: Theoretical and research perspectives. In V. Ellis, C. Fox & B. Street (Eds.), Rethinking English in Schools. London: Continuum Books.
  4. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2006). Language and Globalisation: Myths and Realities. In F. Königs and E. Zöfgen. Fremdsprachen Lehren und Lernen: Sprachdidaktik interkulturell. FLUL 35, pp. 166-182. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  5. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2006). Language endangerment and world English: Theoretical perspectives. In M. Putz, J. Fishman, & JoAnne Neff-van Aertselaer (Eds.), 'Along the routes to power': Explorations of empowerment through language (pp. 35-55). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  6. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2006). Race and ethnicity in the English speaking world. In J. Brutt-Griffler & C. Davies (Eds.), English and Ethnicity, pp. 277-300. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
  7. Brutt-Griffler, J. & Makoni, S. (2006). The uses of 'heritage language.' An African perspective. The Modern Language Journal, Vol 89, 609-612.
  8. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2005). Globalisation and applied linguistics: Postimperial questions of identity and the construction of applied linguistics discourse. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 15, 113-15.
  9. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2005). "Who do you think you are, where do you think you are?: Language policy and the political economy of English in South Africa. In C. Gnutzmann & F. Intemann (Eds.), The globalization of English and the English language Classroom (pp. 25-37). Tübingen: Narr.
  10. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2005). World language, international language, and languages of wider communication.The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Science.

Conference Presentations

  1. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2007). English as a lingua franca in Europe. Invited Colloquium. The International Pragmatics Association, Goteborg, Sweden.
  2. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2006). Intellectual culture and cultural imperialism: implications of the growing dominance of English in academia. Keynote address at Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Germany.
  3. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2006). Conceptualizing bilingual literacy and researching writers' bilingual competence. Conference on 'Why English?'Oxford University, England.
  4. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2005). The sociolinguistics of contemporary English. Paper presented at the Modern Language Association conference, Washington, D.C.
  5. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2005). Language, culture, identity and the native speaker. Colloquium, British Association for Applied Linguistics conference, Bristol, UK.
  6. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2005). Language endangerment, English, and urban vernaculars. Paper presented at the Department of English, University of York, UK.
  7. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2004). International language policy and education: The (re)presentations of indigenous language, 30th International LAUD Symposium, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.
  8. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2004). Language endangerment and world English: Theoretical perspectives. Lecture at the Center for Language Acquisition and Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Pennsylvania State University, PA.
  9. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2003). Contemporary perspectives on world English. Paper presented at the Modern Language Association conference, San Diego, CA.
  10. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2003). The Political economy of English: Language policy in a transnational context. Symposium on the socio-political setting of English language teaching in Europe, the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
  11. Brutt-Griffler, J. (2003). Theorizing world English. Symposium on the globalisation of English and the English language classroom, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Germany.