Disinventing and reconstituting languages

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Buffalo ; Multilingual Matters, 2007 - Education - 249 pages
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This book questions assumptions about the nature of language. Looking at diverse contexts from sign languages in Indonesia to literacy practices in Brazil, the authors argue that unless we change and reconstitute the ways in which languages are taught and conceptualized, language studies will not be able to improve the social welfare of language users.

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Contents

Bahasa Indonesia was One Among
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Does Language Planning in Africa Need
62
The Myth of English as an International Language
90
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About the author (2007)

Sinfree Makoni is an internationalist. He did his Phd in the UK and has held a number of professional appointments in the Africa and currently teaches in the US. His main research interests are aging and health in multilingual contexts across the globe, and language in urban contexts.

Alastair Pennycook is Professor of Language in Education at the University of Technology Sydney and is concerned with how we understand language in relation to globalization, colonial history, identity, popular culture and pedagogy. His publications have therefore focused on topics such as the cultural politics of English as an international language (Longman, 1994), English and the discourses of colonialism (Routledge, 1998), Critical applied linguistics: A critical introduction (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2001) and Global Englishes and transcultural flows (Routledge, in press).