The Relocation of English: Shifting Paradigms in a Global Era

The Relocation of English: Shifting Paradigms in a Global Era

by M. Saraceni

Hardcover(2010)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230206656
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 08/11/2010
Series: Language and Globalization
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

MARIO SARANCENI teaches Applied Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth, UK. His previous publications include English in the World: Global Rules, Global Roles (co-edited with Rani Rubdy, 2006), The Language of Comics (2003) and papers in international journals, such as English Today, ELT Journal, World Englishes.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Acknowledgements x

Preface xi

1 English in the World 1

1.1 Introduction 1

1.2 Changing the conceptualisation of English 2

1.3 A paradigm shift 4

1.4 The location of this book 6

1.5 The categorisations of English 8

1.6 Measuring English 10

1.7 The 'ownership of English' discourse 11

1.7.1 The syntax of agency 12

1.7.2 Academic discourse and public discourse 15

1.8 Expert vs layman 17

1.9 A matter of perspective 18

1.10 A linguistic view of language ownership 20

1.11 The location of English 20

2 Language and Nation Building 22

2.1 Introduction 22

2.2 Noah Webster and American English 23

2.3 Language and nation building in nineteenth-century Europe 25

2.3.1 Linguists and codification 26

2.4 Language and imagined communities 27

3 World Englishes 30

3.1 Introduction 30

3.2 The beginning of a revolution 30

3.3 Debating English 32

3.4 The anti-imperialism of world Englishes 42

3.5 The location and relocation of English in postcolonial literature 44

3.6 The ideological locus of world Englishes 51

4 The Contradiction of Plurality 54

4.1 Introduction 54

4.2 The semiotics of world Englishes 55

4.2.1 The verbal signs 56

4.2.2 The visual signs 61

4.3 The nomenclature of world Englishes 69

4.4 Equality in difference? 74

4.5 A club of equals or an exclusive club? 79

4.6 Conclusion 81

5 English as a Lingua Franca 82

5.1 Introduction 82

5.2 Tracing the steps of ELF 83

5.3 Reshaping the conceptual gap 85

5.4 What is ELF? 87

5.5 A shift of focus in ELF research 92

5.5.1 Error or difference? 95

5.5.2 ELF speakers as a special category 97

5.6 Conclusion 98

6 The Location of English in Malaysia 100

6.1 Introduction 100

6.2 Malaysia's sociolinguistic landscape 103

6.3 English in the Malaysian sociolinguistic landscape 104

6.4 Uncertainties and anxieties about English 107

6.5 The ideological conundrum 110

6.6 Reaffirming the English-England connection 112

6.7 Bahasa rojak and the myth of pure English 117

6.8 Conclusion 126

7 The Relocation of English 131

7.1 Introduction 131

7.2 Focus on form 132

7.3 Dislodging linguistics 134

7.4 The relocation of English: A concrete example 138

7.5 The relocation of English: The SCIP model 142

References 144

Index 154

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