The Politics of English as a World Language

New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies

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Editor: Christian Mair
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 online OED. 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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Biographical Note

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.

Review Quotes

”…an immensely enjoyable collection of essays…” in: Anglia, Band 123, Heft 1, 2005

Table of contents

C. MAIR: Linguistics, Literature and the Postcolonial Englishes: An Introduction RESISTING (IN) ENGLISH: GLOBALIZATION AND ITS COUNTER-DISCOURSES A. PENNYCOOK: Beyond Homogeny and Heterogeny: English as a Global and Worldly Language R. PHILLIPSON: English for the Globe, or Only for Globe-Trotters? The world of the EU T. SKUTNABB-KANGAS: Linguistic Diversity and Biodiversity: The Threat from Killer Languages M. TOOLAN: English as the Supranational Language of Human Rights? P. MÜHLHÄUSLER: English as an Exotic Language R.J. ALEXANDER: G.lobal L.anguages O.ppress B.ut A.re L.iberating, Too: The Dialectics of English P. LYSANDROU & Y. LYSANDROU: Proregression and Dynamic Stasis: The Ambivalent Impact of English as Reflected in Postcolonial Writing S. MÜHLEISEN: Towards Global Diglossia? English in the Sciences and the Humanities J. PRICE: The Recording of Vocabulary from the Major Varieties of English in the Oxford English Dictionary B. SEIDLHOFER & J. JENKINS: English as a Lingua Franca and the Politics of Property THE CARIBBEAN AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN NORTH AMERICA AND BRITAIN H. DEVONISH: Language Advocacy and 'Conquest' Diglossia in the ‘Anglophone’ Caribbean H. SIMMONS-McDONALD: Decolonizing English: The Caribbean Counter-Thrust F. DARROCH: Re-Reading the Religious Bodies of Postcolonial Literature M. MEYER: An African’s Trouble with His Masters’ Voices P. TOURNAY: Home, Hybridity and (post)colonial Discourse in Caryl Phillips’s A State of Independence ENGLISH AND ENGLISH-LANGUAGE WRITING IN AFRICA N.M. KAMWANGAMALU: When 2+9=1: English and the Politics of Language Planning in a Multilingual Society: South Africa KEMBO-SURE: The Democratization of Language Policy: A Cultural-Linguistic Analysis of the Status of English in Kenya S.T.A. MAFU: Postcolonial Language Planning in Tanzania: What Are the Difficulties and What is the Way Out? E. CHIAVETTA: ‘Hear from my own lips’: The Language of Women's Autobiographies D. DEUBER & P. OLOKO: Linguistic and Literary Development of Nigerian Pidgin: The Contribution of Radio Drama H. FRANK: ‘That's all out of shape’: Language and Racism in South African Drama H. RAMSEY-KURZ: Beyond the Domain of Literacy: The Illiterate Other in The Heart of the Matter, Things Fall Apart and Waiting for the Barbarians R. SAMIN: ‘The nuisance one learns to put up with’: English as a Linguistic Compromise in Es’kia Mphahlele’s Fiction THE POLITICS OF ENGLISH ON THE ASIAN SUBCONTINENT D.C.R.A. GOONETILLEKE: The Interface of Language, Literature and Politics in Sri Lanka: A Paradigm for Ex-Colonies of Britain P. PAUL: The Master’s Language and its Indian Uses R. WIJESINHA: Bringing Back the Bathwater: New Initiatives in English Policy in Sri Lanka V. ALEXANDER: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Amit Chaudhuri’s Afternoon Raag and Yasmine Gooneratne’s A Change of Skies Y. TAN: Imperial Pretensions and The Pleasures of Conquest C. VOGT-WILLIAM: ‘Language is the skin of my thought’: Language Relations in Ancient Promises and The God of Small Things NEW ZEALAND, CANADA, THE PHILIPPINES: ENGLISH IN MULTILINGUAL CONSTELLATIONS AROUND THE PACIFIC RIM P.H. MARSDEN: From ‘carefully modulated murmur’ to ‘not a place for sooks‘: New Zealand Ways of Writing English M. KEOWN: Maori or English? The Politics of Language in Patricia Grace's Baby No-Eyes J. HOLMES, M. STUBBE & M. MARRA: Language, Humour and Ethnic Identity Marking in New Zealand English E. HASEBE-LUDT: Métissage and Memory: The Politics of Literacy Education in Canadian Curriculum and Classrooms K. KNOPF: ‘Joseph you know him he don trus dah Anglais’ Or: English as Postcolonial Language in Canadian Indigenous Films D. MANARPAAC: ‘When I was a child I spake as a child’: Reflecting on the Limits of a Nationalist Language Policy CONTRIBUTORS