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De-Hegemonizing Language Standards : Learning from (Post) Colonial Englishes about English - Arjuna Parakrama

De-Hegemonizing Language Standards

Learning from (Post) Colonial Englishes about English

Hardcover Published: 6th October 1995
ISBN: 9780333616345
Number Of Pages: 216

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This study first establishes the discriminatroy and elitist nature of standard languages and standardisation itself, considering as counter-example the case of Sri Lankan English as symptomatic of the 'other' or postcolonial Englishes. On the basis of this understanding of the standard, while at the same time, accepting the necessity of standards, however attenuated, the writer argues for the active broadening of the standard to include the greatest variety possible - privileging 'meaning' over other rules - and holds that this would in fact work towards extending the bounds of linguistic tolerance.

A Note - Acknowledgements - Concrete - The Politics of Standardization and the Special Problematic of (Post) Coloniality - Towards a Broader Standard: The 'Non-Standard' as 'Natural' Resistance - 'Uneducated' (Sri) Lankan English Speech: A Case Study and its Theoretical Implications - Non-Standard Lankan English Writing: New Models and Old Modalities - Attitudes to (Teaching) English: De-Hegemonizing Language in a Situation of Crisis - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333616345
ISBN-10: 0333616340
Series: Language, Discourse, Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 6th October 1995
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 10