The English-Vernacular Divide: Postcolonial Language Politics and Practice

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This book offers a critical exploration of the role of English in postcolonial societies such as India, specifically focusing on some local ways in which it falls along the lines of a class-based divide (with ancillary ones of gender and caste as well). The book argues that issues of inequality, subordination and unequal value seem to revolve directly around the general positioning of English in relation to vernacular languages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853597695
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • 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)

Meet the Author

Vaidehi Ramanathan is an Associate Professor in the Linguistics department at the University of California, Davis She was raised and schooled in the educational system she writes about and she has been involved in issues related vernacular and English language teaching for several years in a variety of contexts, including teacher-education. Her publications include: The Politics of TESOL education (RoutledgeFalmer) and Alzheimer's discourse: some sociolinguistic dimensions (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates).
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : situating the vernacular in a divisive postcolonial landscape 1
2 Divisive postcolonial ideologies, language policies and social practices 21
3 Divisive and divergent pedagogical tools for vernacular-and English-medium students 40
4 The divisive politics of divergent pedagogical practices 62
5 The divisive politics of tracking 91
6 Gulfs and bridges revisited : hybridization, nativization and other loose ends 111
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