The Politics of English as a World Language: New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies (Google eBook)

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Christian Mair
Rodopi, Jan 1, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 497 pages
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The complex politics of English as a world language provides the backdrop both for linguistic studies of varieties of English around the world and for postcolonial literary criticism. The present volume offers contributions from linguists and literary scholars that explore this common ground in a spirit of open interdisciplinary dialogue.Leading authorities assess the state of the art to suggest directions for further research, with substantial case studies ranging over a wide variety of topics - from the legitimacy of language norms of lingua franca communication to the recognition of newer post-colonial varieties of English in the onlineOED. Four regional sections treat the Caribbean (including the diaspora), Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Australasia and the Pacific Rim.Each section maintains a careful balance between linguistics and literature, and external and indigenous perspectives on issues. The book is the most balanced, complete and up-to-date treatment of the topic to date.
  

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Contents

English as a Global
3
English for the Globe or Only for GlobeTrotters?
19
The Threat
31
English as the Supranational Language of Human Rights?
53
English as an Exotic Language
67
The Ambivalent Impact
97
Towards Global Diglossia? English in the Sciences and the Humanities
107
The Recording of Vocabulary from the Major Varieties of English
119
Home Hybridity and Postcolonial Discourse in Caryl Phillipss
219
English and the Politics of Language Planning
235
CrossCultural Encounters in Amit Chaudhuris Afternoon Raag
375
Imperial Pretensions and The Pleasures of Conquest
385
Language Relations
393
around the Pacific
407
Maori or English? The Politics of Language
419
Language Humour and Ethnic Identity Marking
431

English as a Lingua Franca and the Politics of Property
139
Language Advocacy and Conquest Diglossia
157
The Caribbean CounterThrust
179
ReReading the Religious Bodies of Postcolonial Literature
203
An Africans Trouble with His Masters Voices
209
The Politics of Literacy Education
457
English
467
Reflecting on the Limits
479
Contributors
493
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CHRISTIAN MAIR is a professor of English linguistics at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. While his major research interest is the corpus-based study of change and variation in present- day English, he has always made a point of placing his linguistic activities in a wider context. He is the author of two widely used introductory handbooks (Englisch für Anglisten, 1995; Das heutige Englisch, with Emst Leisi, 1999) and has championed a linguistically based approach to Caribbean cultural studies in numerous articles in journals and contributions to books.

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