The English-Vernacular Divide: Postcolonial Language Politics and Practiceby Vaidehi Ramanathan
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 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
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