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LINGUIST List 19.2064

Fri Jun 27 2008

Books: Sociolinguistics/Pragmatics: Kachru, Smith

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        1.    Rachel Markowitz, Cultures, Contexts, and World Englishes: Kachru, Smith


Message 1: Cultures, Contexts, and World Englishes: Kachru, Smith
Date: 24-Jun-2008
From: Rachel Markowitz <Rachel.Markowitztaylorandfrancis.com>
Subject: Cultures, Contexts, and World Englishes: Kachru, Smith
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Title: Cultures, Contexts, and World Englishes
Series Title: ESL and Applied Linguistics Professional Series
Published: 2008
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
                http://www.routledge.com/

Book URL: http://www.routledgeeducation.com/books/Cultures-Contexts-and-World-Englishes-isbn9780805847338

Author: Yamuna Kachru
Author: Larry Smith
Hardback: ISBN: 9780805847321 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 135.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780805847338 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 39.95
Abstract:

This volume aims to familiarize readers with the varieties of world
Englishes used across cultures and to create awareness of some of the
linguistic and socially relevant contexts and functions that have given
rise to them. It emphasizes that effective communication among users of
different Englishes requires awareness of the varieties in use and their
cultural, social, and ideational functions. Cultures, Contexts and World
Englishes:

-demonstrates the rich results of integrating theory, methodology and
application

-features critical and detailed discussion of the sociolinguistics of
English in the globalized world

-gives equal emphasis to grammar and pragmatics of variation and to uses of
Englishes in spoken and written modes in major English-using regions of the
world.

The Introduction outlines out the underlying sociocultural reasons for
language variation and discusses the status and functions of English in
various parts of the world. Part one provides the background necessary to
appreciate variation in English. Part two presents select features of
grammatical and lexical variation to relate sociocultural contexts to the
structural features of Englishes. Part three sets out the conventions of
language use in the spoken and written modes across cultures. The
conclusion briefly discusses topics such as issues of standardization and
codification, ideological stances with regard to linguistic imperialism and
hegemony, violation of linguistic human rights attributed to the English
language, and monolingual and 'native-speaker bias' associated with
practices in the ELT profession.

Each chapter includes suggestions for further reading and challenging
discussion questions and appropriate research projects designed to enhance
the usefulness of this volume in courses such as world Englishes, English
in the Global Context, Sociolinguistics, Critical Applied Linguistics,
Language Contact and Convergence, Ethnography of Communication, and
Crosscultural Communication.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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