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War Words: Language, History and the Disciplining of English / Edition 2
     

War Words: Language, History and the Disciplining of English / Edition 2

by Urszula Clark
 

ISBN-10: 0080436501

ISBN-13: 9780080436500

Pub. Date: 02/01/2001

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

Debates about the nature of literacy and literacy practices have been conducted extensively in the last fifteen years or so. The fact that both previous and current British governments have effectively suppressed any real debate makes the publication of this book both timely and important. Here, Urszula Clark stresses the underlying ideological character of such

Overview

Debates about the nature of literacy and literacy practices have been conducted extensively in the last fifteen years or so. The fact that both previous and current British governments have effectively suppressed any real debate makes the publication of this book both timely and important. Here, Urszula Clark stresses the underlying ideological character of such debates and shows that they have deep historical roots. She also makes the point that issues regarding the relationship between language and identity, especially national identity, become sharply focused at times of crisis in that identity. By undertaking a comparison with other major English-speaking countries, most notably Australia, New Zealand and the USA, Clark shows how these times of crisis reverberate around the globe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780080436500
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Language, History and Pedagogic Discourse
Language and Education in the 19th Century
English for the English: A Language for Life?
Nationalising a Curriculum for English
Sparking a War of Words: Recontextualising Grammar within Curriculum Statements for English in New Zealand and Australia
The Ebonics Debate: Race, Culture, Language and Identity in the USA
Conclusion.

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