De-Hegemonizing Language Standards (Innbundet)

Learning from (Post) Colonial Englishes about English

Serie: Language, Discourse, Society 


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Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 1995
Antall sider: 216
Forlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Språk: Engelsk
Serie: Language, Discourse, Society
ISBN/EAN: 9780333616345
Omtale De-Hegemonizing Language Standards
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.

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