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LINGUIST List 23.2833

Mon Jun 25 2012

Books: Markets of English: Sung-Yul Park, Wee

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 22-Jun-2012
From: Tara Thomas <tara.thomastaylorandfrancis.com>
Subject: Markets of English: Sung-Yul Park, Wee
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Title: Markets of English
Subtitle: Linguistic Capital and Language Policy in a Globalizing World
Series Title: Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics
Published: 2012
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
                http://www.routledge.com/

Book URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415882910/

Author: Joseph Sung-Yul Park
Author: Lionel Wee
Hardback: ISBN: 9780415882910 Pages: 216 Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780415882910 Pages: 216 Price: U.S. $ 125.00
Abstract:

The global spread of English both reproduces and reinforces oppressive
structures of inequality. But such structures can no longer be seen as
imposed from an imperial center, as English is now actively adopted and
appropriated in local contexts around the world. This book argues that such
conditions call for a new critique of global English, one that is sensitive to
both the political economic conditions of globalization and speakers' local
practices.

Linking Bourdieu's theory of the linguistic market and his practice-based
perspective with recent advances in sociolinguistics and linguistic
anthropology, this book offers a fresh new critique of global English. The
authors highlight the material, discursive, and semiotic processes through
which the value of English in the linguistic market is constructed, and
suggest possible policy interventions that may be adopted to address the
problems of global English. Through its serious engagement with current
sociolinguistic theory and insightful analysis of the multiple dimensions of
English in the world, this book challenges the readers to think about what we
need to do to confront the social inequalities that are perpetuated by the
global spread of English.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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