The Politics of English

South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific

| National University of Singapore
| National University of Singapore
| University of Hong Kong
ISBN 9789027228352 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027272133 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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.
[Studies in World Language Problems, 4]  2013.  ix, 322 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
1. Language policies, language ideologies and local language practices
Alastair Pennycook
Part I. South Asia
2. The politics of Hinglish
Anjali Gera Roy
3. Globalization and multilingualism: Text types in the linguistic ecology of Delhi
Viniti Vaish
4. Kaduva of privileged power, instrument of rural empowerment? The politics of English (and Sinhala and Tamil) in Sri Lanka
Lisa Lim
5. The interface of language, literature and politics in Sri Lanka: A paradigm for ex-colonies of Britain
D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke
Part II. Southeast Asia
6. Governing English in Singapore: Some challenges for Singapore’s language policy
Lionel Wee
7. Uncertain locale: The dialectics of space and the cultural politics of English in Singapore
Robbie B.H. Goh
8. The encroachment of English in Malaysian cultural expression
Ismail S. Talib
9. “They think speaking in English isn’t good, you know” Negotiating bilingual identities in the Malay community
Joanne Rajadurai
10. The grip of English and Philippine language policy
Beatriz P. Lorente
11. Nimble tongues: Philippine English and the feminization of labour
Maria Teresa Tinio
Part III. Asia Pacific
12. English vs. English conversation: Language teaching in modern Japan
Mie Hiramoto
13. Language policy and practice in English loanwords in Japanese
Emi Morita
14. English speakers in Korea: A short literary history
Eun Kyung Min
15. English, class and neoliberalism in South Korea
Joseph Sung-Yul Park
16. Conclusion
Lionel Wee, Lisa Lim and Robbie B.H. Goh
“Without exception, the essays are interesting and informative, and provide hypotheses and insights that can readily be applied to other sociolinguistic contexts. The volume as a whole is a valuable contribution to the study of English in Asia and to the broader field of world Englishes.”
“[A] particulary rich mosaic of cultural domains including linguistic landscapes, literature and poetry, personal narratives, ELT textbooks and government documents. At the same time, sitting alongside each of these domains and providing continuity are the sister chapters on each country that provide an overview of language policy.”
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BIC Subject: CF/2AB – Linguistics/English
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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