The Politics of English: South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific

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Lionel Wee, Robbie B.H. Goh, Lisa Lim
John Benjamins Publishing, Mar 28, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 322 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

1 Language policies language ideologies and local language practices
1
Part I South Asia
19
2 The politics of Hinglish
21
Text types in the linguistic ecology of Delhi
37
4 Kadura of privileged power instrument of rural empowerment? The politics of English in Sri Lanka
61
5 The interface of language literature and politics in Sri Lanka
81
Part II Southeast Asia
103
Some challenges for Singapores language policy
105
10 The grip of English and Philippine language policy
187
Philippine English and the feminization of labour
205
Part III Asia Pacific
225
Language teaching in modern Japan
227
13 Language policy and practice in English loanwords in Japanese
249
A short literary history
269
15 English class and neoliberalism in South Korea
287
16 Conclusion
303

The dialectics of space and the cultural politics of English in Singapore
125
8 The encroachment of English in Malaysian cultural expression
145
9 Negotiating bilingual identities in the Malay community
167
Contributors
317
Index
321
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ROBBIE B. H. GOH is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore. He is also the author of Asian Diasporas: Cultures, Identities, Representations published by Hong Kong University Press.

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