Contending with Globalization in World Englishes

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Multilingual Matters, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 233 pages
This book engages with English in globalization, re-examining and re-interpreting the contemporary contexts of its acquisition and use. The chapters contained in this book weave together four inter-related themes that define the role of English in the global context: the `centrality of structure', `relationships of interdependence', `social constructions of difference' and `reproduction of inequality'. These themes enable the authors to draw attention to the dynamics of the contemporary realities of the `English-speaking' and `English-using' nations, especially as they compete for cultural, social, economic and symbolic capital in global networks. In engaging World Englishes with the sociolinguistics of globalization, the authors raise some fundamental questions about the status, structure, and functions of World Englishes.

"What roles are English and World Englishes playing in globalization? What effect is globalization having on English and World Englishes? What effect is globalization having on other languages? Anyone interested in exploring these crucial questions will find this book a most helpful and stimulating companion. The editors have assembled an appropriately diverse all-star cast of contributors, each of whom approaches the topic from a refreshingly innovative standpoint To paraphrase OmoniyVspoem which opens the book, readers will learn to `waltz, salsa and lion-dance' (and hip-hop) their way through the complex cultural and linguistic steps of globalization."Andy Kirkpatrick, Hong Kong Institute of Education

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Mukul Saxena works at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, Warwick University, UK. Prior to Warwick, he worked in universities in Brunei Darussalam in Southeast Asia and in Lancaster and York, UK. His research interests and publications are in the areas of Bilingual Discourse in English Classrooms, Multilingual Literacies, Language Maintenance & Shift, and World Englishes, with a particular focus on language, culture, identity and ideology.
Tope Omoniyi is Professor of Sociolinguistics in the School of Arts at Roehampton University, London. His research interests straddle issues in language and identity, language in education, and language policy and planning in Europe and Africa. His scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in numerous journals. He is the author of The Sociolinguistics of Borderlands: Two Nations, One Community (AWP, 2004) and editor and co-editor of several volumes of essays.