In far too many places, the worldwide trade in English-language teaching, testing and publishing has become a self-perpetuating, self-congratulating, neocolonial monster - a veritable multi-headed Hydra. Too often the English language industry aggressively promotes itself as some sort of "uplifting", "essential", "proper" or even "better" means of communication than any other language. Unfortunately, its relentless global outreach is taking place at the direct expense, and the active denigration, of local and regional languages - not to mention individual identities. English Language as Hydra brings together the voices of linguists, literary figures and teaching professionals in a wide-ranging expose of this monstrous Hydra in action on four continents. It provides a showcase of the diverse and powerful impacts that this ever-evolving, gluttonous beast has had on so many non-English language cultures - as well as the surreptitious, drug-like ways in which it can infiltrate individual psyches.
A wonderful and rewarding collection of contributions which critically examine how English can take over the language curriculum in schools throughout the world, almost always at the expense of other languages. Andy Kirkpatrick, author of English as a Lingua Franca in ASEAN: A Multilingual Model English Language as Hydra is both poignant and honest in its reasoned and passionate evocation of this language's entrenched link with some of the ills of the world and its impact on speakers' subjectivities. Ruanni Tupas, author of (Re)making Society: The Politics of Language, Discourse, and Identity in the Philippines English Language as Hydra opens our eyes to how empires and imperialism operate through linguistic ideologies and discourse strategies as powerful tools of domination - often with the active participation of the leaders of subaltern peoples and minorities. Rainer Enrique Hamel, author of Language Empires, Linguistic Imperialism and the Future of Global Languages
Series: Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 22nd June 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.0010