LINGUIST List 23.2852

Tue Jun 26 2012

Books: English Language as Hydra: Rapatahana, Bunce (Eds)

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <>

Date: 26-Jun-2012
From: Elinor Robertson <>
Subject: English Language as Hydra: Rapatahana, Bunce (Eds)
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Title: English Language as Hydra Subtitle: Its Impacts on Non-English Language Cultures Series Title: Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights Published: 2012 Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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Editor: Vaughan Rapatahana Editor: Pauline Bunce Hardback: ISBN: 9781847697509 Pages: 304 Price: U.S. $ 159.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781847697509 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 99.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781847697493 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 29.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781847697493 Pages: 304 Price: U.S. $ 49.95

In far too many places, the worldwide trade in English-language teaching,testing and publishing has become a self-perpetuating, self-congratulating,neocolonial monster … a veritable multi-headed Hydra. Too often the Englishlanguage industry aggressively promotes itself as some sort of "uplifting","essential", "proper" or even "better" means of communication than any otherlanguage. Unfortunately, its relentless global outreach is taking place at thedirect expense, and the active denigration, of local and regional languages - notto mention individual identities.

"English Language as Hydra" brings together the voices of linguists, literaryfigures and teaching professionals in a wide-ranging exposé of this monstrousHydra in action on four continents. It provides a showcase of the diverse andpowerful impacts that this ever-evolving, gluttonous beast has had on so manynon-English language cultures - as well as the surreptitious, drug-like ways inwhich it can infiltrate individual psyches.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Written In: English (eng)

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