The Politics of English

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'A very welcome and much-needed broadening of current theoretical perspectives' - Professor Norman Fairclough

This book offers a major reappraisal of the role of language in the social world. Focusing on three main areas - the global spread of English; Standard English; and language and sexism - The Politics of English: examines World English in relation to international capitalism and colonialism; analyzes the ideological underpinnings of the debate about Standard English; and ...

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Overview

'A very welcome and much-needed broadening of current theoretical perspectives' - Professor Norman Fairclough

This book offers a major reappraisal of the role of language in the social world. Focusing on three main areas - the global spread of English; Standard English; and language and sexism - The Politics of English: examines World English in relation to international capitalism and colonialism; analyzes the ideological underpinnings of the debate about Standard English; and locates sexism in language as arising from social relations. Locating itself in the classical Marxist tradition, this book shows how language is both shaped by, and contributes to social life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761960188
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/6/1999
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Marnie Holborow is a lecturer at the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
In the Beginning Was Society
Marx, Volosinov and Vygotsky on Language
Money Talks
The Politics of World English
Women, Language and the Limits of Feminism
The Politics of Standard English
Conclusion

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