The Politics of English: Conflict, Competition, Co-Existence

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The Politics of English: Conflict, Competition, Co-Existence

Format:  Hardcover,

416 pages

Publisher: Routledge

Publish Date: Aug 2012

ISBN-13: 9780415674256

ISBN-10: 0415674255

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The Politics of English: Conflict, Competition, Co-existence explores policies and practices that affect the use and position of English.

The book discusses the ways in which people s language choices relate to the history, politics, and economies of their local context. Throughout, the focus is on the international nature of English and its use alongside other languages in a range of contexts.

The book covers topical issues including the role that English plays in shaping migratory patterns, the English teaching and publishing industries, and the dominance of English in the global media. Key theoretical concepts are introduced in an accessible manner, and readers are given an in-depth understanding of the roles that English and other languages play as people mediate relationships of competition, conflict and co-existence in today s globalised world.

Drawing on the latest research and The Open University s wide experience of writing accessible and innovative texts, this book:

explains basic concepts and assumes no previous study of English or linguistics

contains a range of source material and commissioned readings to supplement chapters

includes contributions from leading experts in their fields including Mona Baker, Jan Blommaert, Deborah Cameron, Guy Cook, John Gray, Frank Monaghan and Naz Rassool

has an international scope, encompassing examples and case studies from the UK, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Africa

is illustrated in full colour and includes a comprehensive index.

The Politics of English: Conflict, Competition, Co-existence is essential reading for students of English language studies, and cultural and international studies.

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Publisher: Routledge
Publish Date: Aug 2012
ISBN-13: 9780415674256
ISBN-10: 0415674255
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 416
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.35
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Chapter outline

Series prefacep. i
Biographical informationp. iii
General introductionp. 1
The politics and policies of global Englishp. 5
Introductionp. 5
Global English: a problem or a solution?p. 9
English as a positive resourcep. 15
The hegemony of Englishp. 22
Conclusion: appropriating Englishp. 30
English and ambivalence in a new capitalist statep. 33
Locked in space: on linguistic rightsp. 39
English and migrationp. 47
Introductionp. 47
What is migration?p. 49
Citizenship and language testsp. 55
Multilingual resources in a global labour marketp. 61
Languages and multilingual identities in migrant communitiesp. 64
Multilingual space and linguistic landscapesp. 71
Conclusionp. 77
At the intersection of gender, language, and transnationalismp. 79
Ecological linguistic landscape analysis: a Swedish casep. 84
Learning English, learning through Englishp. 93
Introductionp. 93
English-medium education in bilingual and multilingual settingsp. 96
English in European educationp. 105
English as an additional language in English-dominant countriesp. 106
English in higher educationp. 109
English for academic purposesp. 115
Conclusionp. 120
Tensions between language policy and practice in Malaysiap. 121
English lessensp. 129
English the industryp. 137
Introductionp. 137
Commercial ELTp. 140
High-stakes testsp. 151
Academic publishingp. 158
Conclusionp. 162
Language policy, politics and development in Africap. 164
Selling English: advertising and the discourses of ELTp. 171
English literary canonsp. 179
Introductionp. 179
Models of the national literary canonp. 179
The English literary canon and colonialismp. 186
The English literary canon and postcolonialismp. 192
The future of the literary canons?p. 205
Conclusionp. 206
Writing in English in Indiap. 207
World literature in a postcanonical, hypercanonical agep. 214
English and global mediap. 219
Introductionp. 219
The English-language media blocp. 220
The international book tradep. 225
TV and radio newsp. 229
News on the Netp. 233
The moviesp. 235
The global consumerp. 240
Conclusionp. 244
Literary translation in current European book marketsp. 246
Reel to real: desi teens' linguistic engagements with Bollywoodp. 252
Translating into and out of Englishp. 259
Introductionp. 259
Babel and beyond: one language or many?p. 262
What does it mean to 'translate'?p. 267
Linguistic relativity and translationp. 272
Translation problems: wordplay and realiap. 274
Discourse and interactionp. 278
Focus on the translatorp. 283
Conclusion: the asymmetrical nature of contemporary translationp. 284
What is translation?p. 286
Refraining conflict in translationp. 292
Ideologies of Englishp. 297
Introductionp. 297
Exploring language valuesp. 299
Correctnessp. 306
Prescriptivism and the 'Golden Age' of Englishp. 307
The ideology of standardsp. 312
Correctness in writingp. 314
Language values and policyp. 318
Language values and language researchp. 321
Conclusionp. 323
The great grammar crusadep. 324
Reading the 'Singlish debate'p. 331
Afterword: Imagining the future of Englishp. 339
Introductionp. 339
Predicting the future of Englishp. 340
Conclusionp. 345
Referencesp. 347
Acknowledgementsp. 365
Indexp. 369

Book description

The Politics of English: Conflict, Competition, Co-existence explores policies and practices that affect the use and position of English.

The book discusses the ways in which people's language choices relate to the history, politics, and economies of their local context. Throughout, the focus is on the international nature of English and its use alongside other languages in a range of contexts.

The book covers topical issues including the role that English plays in shaping migratory patterns, the English teaching and publishing industries, and the dominance of English in the global media. Key theoretical concepts are introduced in an accessible manner, and readers are given an in-depth understanding of the roles that English and other languages play as people mediate relationships of competition, conflict and co-existence in today's globalised world.

Drawing on the latest research and The Open University's wide experience of writing accessible and innovative texts, this book:

* explains basic concepts and assumes no previous study of English or linguistics

* contains a range of source material and commissioned readings to supplement chapters

* includes contributions from leading experts in their fields including Mona Baker, Jan Blommaert, Deborah Cameron, Guy Cook, John Gray, Frank Monaghan and Naz Rassool

* has an international scope, encompassing examples and case studies from the UK, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Africa

* is illustrated in full colour and includes a comprehensive index.

The Politics of English: Conflict, Competition, Co-existence is essential reading for students of English language studies, and cultural and international studies.

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