Lauren Zentz

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Assistant Professor

Lauren Zentz

Dr. Zentz’s professional work focuses on language use, language users’ identity/-ies, and language policies in local contexts around the world in the contemporary era of “globalization.” Her research interests also include the social aspects of language learning that influence language users’ motivations and proficiencies in their non-native languages.

Stemming from these fields of inquiry, her doctoral project, entitled Global Language Identities and Ideologies in an Indonesian University Context, explores identity and motivation among undergraduate English majors in Central Java, Indonesia, emphasizing the impacts of global language policy trends and state language policies specifically on Indonesia’s public education system.


  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, Language, Reading, and Culture
  • M.A., University of Ottawa, Sociolinguistics
  • B.A., University of Florida, Health Sciences, French, Linguistics

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Research Interests

  • Globalization
  • Language policy
  • Language education
  • Global English
  • Language ideologies
  • Language and identity
  • Communicative competence

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Selected Publications

Articles In Refereed Journals

  • Zentz, L. (under review).  “Is English also the place where I belong?”:  a case study approach to linguistic biographies, expanding repertoires, and shifting identities.  Submitted to the International Journal of Multilingualism, 12/12/2013.

  • Zentz, L. (under review). “Love” the local, “use” the national, “study” the foreign:  Shifting Javanese Language Ecologies in (Post-)Modernity, Postcoloniality, and Globalization. Submitted to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 04/05/2013.

  • Zentz, L. (accepted for publication). “The porous borders of language and nation: English in Indonesia.” In themed issue, “Borders and Language: International Perspectives.” International Journal of the Sociology of Language.

  • Poplack, S., Zentz, L. & Dion, N. (2012). What counts as (contact-induced) change. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 15(2): 247-254.

  • Poplack, S., Zentz, L. & Dion, N. 2012. Phrase-final prepositions in Quebec French: An empirical study of contact, code-switching and resistance to convergence. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 15(2): 203-225.

Book chapters

  • Zentz, L. (accepted for publication).  English on the rise: access and resources in internationalization.  To be published in Wickstrom, B.A & Gazzola, M. (eds.). The Economics of Language Policy.  MIT Press.

Working Papers

  • Zentz, L. (2012). Linguistic biographies, expanding repertoires, and motivation in Global English language education. Tilburg Papers in Cultural Studies Paper 17. babylon/tpcs/paper17.pdf.

Book reviews

  • Zentz, L. (2012).  Review of The Sociolinguistics of Globalization by Jan Blommaert. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 43: 229–231.
  • Zentz, L. (2012). Review of Englishes Around the World: An Introduction by Edgar W. Schneider. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 22(3): 265-267.

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  • 7344 Discourse Analysis
  • 6330 Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • 4300 Introduction to the Study of Language
  • 4305 Empirical and Theoretical Approaches to Syntax
  • 4315 Introduction to Sociolinguistics

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  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE)
  • American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
  • International Association for Applied Linguistics (AILA)

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