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The Politics of English

Wee, Lionel [u.a.] [Hrsg.]:
The Politics of English : South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific / ed. by Lionel Wee, Robbie B.H. Goh and Lisa Lim. - Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2013. - ix, 322 S. : Ill. - (Studies in world language problems ; 4)
ISBN 978-90-272-2835-2
EUR 95,00 / US$ 143,00
DDC: 306.4495

This volume brings together contributions that explore the increasingly important roles that English plays in Asia, including its contribution to economic growth, national imaginaries and creative writing. These are issues that are political in a broad sense, but the diversity of Asian contexts also means that the social, political and cultural ramifications of the spread of English into Asia will have to be understood in relation to the challenges facing specific societies. The chapters in the book collectively illustrate this diversity by focusing on countries from South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific. Each country has two contributions devoted to it: one paper provides an overview of the country’s language policy and its positioning of English, and another provides a critical discussion of creative expressions involving the use of English. Taken together, the papers in the volume detail the most recent developments concerning the politics of English in Asia. [Verlagsinformation]

Preface. vii
1. Alastair Pennycook:
Language policies, language ideologies and local language practices. 1
2. Anjali Gera Roy:
The politics of Hinglish. 21
3. Viniti Vaish:
Globalization and multilingualism: Text types in the linguistic ecology of Delhi. 37
4. Lisa Lim:
Kaduva of privileged power, instrument of rural empowerment?: The politics of English (and Sinhala and Tamil) in Sri Lanka. 61
5. D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke:
The interface of language, literature and politics in Sri Lanka: A paradigm for ex-colonies of Britain. 81
6. Lionel Wee:
Governing English in Singapore: Some challenges for Singapore’s language policy. 105
7. Robbie B.H. Goh:
Uncertain locale: The dialectics of space and the cultural politics of English in Singapore. 125
8. Ismail S. Talib:
The encroachment of English in Malaysian cultural expression. 145
9. Joanne Rajadurai:
“They think speaking in English isn’t good, you know”: Negotiating bilingual identities in the Malay community. 167
10. Beatriz P. Lorente:
The grip of English and Philippine language policy. 187
11. Maria Teresa Tinio:
Nimble tongues: Philippine English and the feminization of labour. 205
12. Mie Hiramoto:
English vs. English conversation: Language teaching in modern Japan. 227
13. Emi Morita:
Language policy and practice in English loanwords in Japanese. 249
14. Eun Kyung Min:
English speakers in Korea: A short literary history. 269
15. Joseph Sung-Yul Park:
English, class and neoliberalism in South Korea. 287
16. Lionel Wee, Lisa Lim and Robbie B.H. Goh:
Conclusion. 303
Contributors. 317
Index. 321


ROBBIE B.H. GOH is Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, Vice-Dean (International Relations and Special Duties) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. He works mainly on Christianity in Asia, Indian Anglophone literatures, and Asian diasporic studies. Homepage.
LISA LIM is an Assistant Professor in the School of English at the University of Hong Kong. Her research areas include New Englishes, especially Asian, postcolonial varieties, with particular interest in contact dynamics in the multilingua ecology, involving both sociohistorical and linguistic investigation. Shw works not only on the more 'mainstream' varieties of Singapore and Hong Kong but also on Peranakan English. She has edited collected volumes on both structural and sociolinguistic aspects of Englishes in Asia. Profile page.
LIONEL WEE, Associate Professor of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore. Profile page.

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