Disinventing and Reconstituting Languages

Disinventing and Reconstituting Languages

by Sinfree Makoni
     
 

ISBN-10: 1853599239

ISBN-13: 9781853599231

Pub. Date: 11/15/2006

Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd.

This book questions assumptions about the nature of language and how language is conceptualized. Looking at diverse contexts from sign languages in Indonesia to literacy practices in Brazil, from hip-hop in the US to education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this book forcefully argues that a critique of common linguistic and metalinguistic suppositions is not only a

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This book questions assumptions about the nature of language and how language is conceptualized. Looking at diverse contexts from sign languages in Indonesia to literacy practices in Brazil, from hip-hop in the US to education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this book forcefully argues that a critique of common linguistic and metalinguistic suppositions is not only a conceptual but also a sociopolitical necessity. Just as many notions of language are highly suspect, so too are many related concepts premised on a notion of discrete languages, such as language rights, mother tongues, multilingualism, or code-switching. Definitions of language in language policies, education and assessment have material and often harmful consequences for people. Unless we actively engage with the history of invention of languages in order to radically 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853599231
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters Ltd.
Publication date:
11/15/2006
Series:
Bilingual Education and Bilingualism Series, #62
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Ofelia Garcia

Chapter 1 Disinventing and reconstituting languages Sinfree Makoni (Pennsylvania State University) and Alastair Pennycook (University of Technology, Sydney)

Chapter 2 Then there were languages; Bahasa Indonesia was one among many - Ariel Heryanto ( University of Melbourne)

Chapter 3 Critical historiography: Does language planning in Africa need a construct of language as part of its theoretical apparatus ? Sinfree Makoni (Pennsylvania State University) & Pedzisai Mashiri (University of Zimbabwe)

Chapter 4 The myth of English as an International Language Alastair Pennycook

Chapter 5 Beyond ?language?: linguistic imperialism, sign languages and linguistic anthropology Jan Branson and Don Miller ((La Trobe University)

Chapter 6 Entering a Culture Quietly: Writing and Cultural Survival in Indigenous Education in Brazil Lynn Mario T. Menezes de Souza

Chapter 7 A Linguistics of Communicative Activity - Steven L. Thorne & James P. Lantolf (Pennsylvania State University)

Chapter 8 (Dis)inventing Discourse: Examples from Black Culture and Hiphop Rap/Discourse Elaine Richardson ( Pennsylvania State University)

Chapter 9 Educational materials reflecting heteroglossia: Disinventing ethnolinguistic differences in Bosnia-Herzegovina Brigitta Busch & Jürgen Schick (University of Vienna)

Chapter 10 After Disinvention: Possibilities for Communication, Community, and Competence A. Suresh Canagarajah (City University of New York)

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