Adnan Ajsic

Graduated: 2009, Masters in Pan African Studies

Thesis title: Pan African language policy in an age of globalization : an African Lingua franca for all?

Alumni information

Former PAS graduate student, Adnan Ajsic successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, Applied Linguistics - English Department, Northern Arizona University.
Dissertation title: Language ideologies, public discourses, and ethnonationalism in the Balkans: A corpus-based study
Defense Date: April 24, 2015
Name of dissertation advisor and committee members: Doug Biber (co-chair), Mary McGroarty (co-chair), Randi Reppen (member), Jim Wilce (external member)
Pass designation: With distinction


Refereed journal articles
Ajsic, A. (2014). Political loanwords: Postwar constitutional arrangement and the co-occurrence tendencies of anglicisms in contemporary Bosnian. Journal of Language and Politics 13(1), 21-50. doi: 10.1075/jlp.13.1.02ajs.

Refereed chapters in edited volumes
Ajsic, A. (in press). Crossing into the L2 and back: Agency and native-like ultimate attainment by a post-critical period learner. In Deters, P., Gao, X., Miller, E. R., & Vitanova, G. (eds.), Theorizing and Analyzing Agency in Second Language Learning: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters.

Ajsic, A., & McGroarty, M. (to appear). Mapping language ideologies. In F. M. Hult & D. C. Johnson (Eds.), Research Methods in Language Policy and Planning: A Practical Guide. Wiley-Blackwell.

Book reviews in refereed journals
Ajsic, A. (2013). Corpora and language teaching. [Review of the book Corpora and language teaching, edited by K. Aijmer]. English for Specific Purposes, 32(3), 187-189. doi: 10.1016/j.esp.2013.02.002.

Ajsic, A. (2012, November 27). Language teacher education for a global society. [Review of the book Language teacher education for a global society: A modular model for knowing, analyzing, recognizing, doing, and seeing, by B. Kumaravadivelu]. Education Review, 15. Retrieved from http://www.edrev.info/reviews/rev1189.pdf.

Ajsic, A. (2012). Dreams and realities: Developing countries and the English language. [Review of the book Dreams and realities: Developing countries and the English language, edited by H. Coleman]. Language Policy, 11(3), 283-285. doi: 10.1007/s10993-011-9229-0.

Ajsic, A. (2011, July 13). Language and politics in Africa. [Review of the book Language and politics in Africa: Contemporary issues and critical perspectives, edited by D. O. Orwenjo & J. O. Ogone]. Linguist List, 22.2873.

Graduate Student Information

Adnan Ajsic began his academic career in 1998 at his home town University of Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, as a student of English and American literature. Between 1996 and 2004 he worked as a Bosnian-to-English translator with the US Army in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the United Nation's International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, the Netherlands. Currently, Adnan is finishing an M.A. program in English and American Studies (Anglistik und Amerikanistik) at the Karl-Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria. Adnan speaks Bosnian, English, and German, and is learning Kiswahili. His research interests include ethnic literatures in English, translation theory, and progressive language policy in postcolonial societies. Adnan hopes to move on to a PhD. program in political science and employ lessons from the Black experience in fighting discrimination in the post-conflict Bosnian society. May 2009 Graduate. Click Here for thesis information. Update: PhD Program: English (Applied Linguistics) Northern Arizona University - (starting fall 2010)

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