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English in Perspective - Glenda Heinemann

Paperback Published: 17th March 2003
ISBN: 9780195781946
Number Of Pages: 352

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What is the real status of English in the world, and in South Africa in particular? South Africa has 11 official languages, and purports to uphold equal rights for all. However, English continues to wield immense official and unofficial power. Many English second- or additional-language speakers in South Africa are sacrificing or "diluting" their primary languages and cultures in the quest to take up and use the power in a world language. "English in Perspective" uses a wealth of local texts to explore how English is spoken and written. It questions the dominance of English and wrestles with some of the complexities arising from language use and change in a multilingual society.

Preface
Why English?p. 1
Which English?p. 23
What do we use language for? Does it enable us to think?p. 49
Which English variety for official use?p. 69
How does language reveal who we are?p. 91
Is spoken language different from written language?p. 111
Does language have power?p. 133
Can grammar change meaning?p. 157
What makes language coherent?p. 190
How do we analyse discourse?p. 197
Conclusionp. 219
Suggested Answers to Activities in this bookp. 221
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780195781946
ISBN-10: 0195781945
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 17th March 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press Southern Africa
Country of Publication: ZA
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.1  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.45