The English-Vernacular Divide: Postcolonial Language Politics and Practice

The English-Vernacular Divide: Postcolonial Language Politics and Practice

by Vaidehi Ramanathan
     
 

ISBN-10: 1853597694

ISBN-13: 9781853597695

Pub. Date: 02/28/2005

Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd.

Born and raised in India, Ramanathan (linguistics, U. of California, Davis) was educated in the English track of the Indian educational system. In this study, the author examines the role of English in postcolonial societies, as evidenced by Indian/South-Asian English, particularly in some local ways that it falls along the lines of a class-based divide. The text

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Born and raised in India, Ramanathan (linguistics, U. of California, Davis) was educated in the English track of the Indian educational system. In this study, the author examines the role of English in postcolonial societies, as evidenced by Indian/South-Asian English, particularly in some local ways that it falls along the lines of a class-based divide. The text explores how language policies become social practices; how they are interpreted and resisted by teachers and institutions; how they connect to larger political ideologies; how they reinforce existing social stratifications of class, caste, ethnicity, and gender; and how issues of inequality, subordination, and unequal value are linked to the positioning of English in relation to vernacular languages. Distributed in the U.S. by UTP Distribution. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853597695
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters Ltd.
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Series:
Bilingual Education and Bilingualism Series, #49
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

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