Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. 8-9

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

...The research for this book was funded by a Fulbright grant administered through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. I am greatly indebted to the language faculty at Slovak Technical University for hosting me during the period of my research. The writing of this book was made possible by a sabbatical and by the enlightened parental leave program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the latter...

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Introduction: The First Language of Capitalism

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pp. 1-22

...franca, the most commonly used language of global trade. As such it has become the object of enormous investment, as eagerly sought as a piece of property or a hot stock. At the millennial moment, defined by global capitalism and the rise of the knowledge economy, people around the world are buying into English, investing their money and time in it, hoping for a favorable outcome. These investments are motivated...

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1. Lingua Non Grata: English during Communism

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pp. 23-49

...It seemed to me that somewhere between my visits to Slovakia in 1992 and 1994, Jan and his BMW had materialized along with diet soft drinks and the border between the Czech and Slovak Republics. I initially found him unnerving because he seemed ostentatious; he liked to get to know people by doing extravagant favors for them that would entail putting his possessions and social networks to visible work. On this occasion, for example, Jan was driving me out of the city for dinner in the car: “Do you like it? Here, let me...

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2. Other Worlds in Other Words

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pp. 50-73

...Czech and Slovak Republics in what has since been widely termed “the Velvet Divorce.” Such a term acknowledges that compared with the violent and traumatic rending of the Balkan states, the breakup of Czechoslovakia was relatively peaceful, resulting in no deaths. Although not necessarily a primary cause of the split, nationalism certainly followed the split in Slovakia; in this respect, developments in Slovakia...

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3. “We Live and Learn”

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pp. 74-97

...apartment buildings. Before I returned to Slovakia in 2003, after a nineyear absence, Maria gave me this advance notice on the malls: “Really, if you are inside one of these malls, you will not be able to tell where you are, in Slovakia, or in America.” With this comment Maria enunciated a common observation about the working of globalization: that certain features of the American commercial landscape replicate themselves...

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4. Real Life in English

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pp. 98-125

...of the Slovak Maturita.’” The certificate bears my name and title—“Catherine PRENDERGAST, PhD”—as well as the signatures of the foreign consultant and native speaker of English hired to teach the course, and the director of the office of the Ministry of Education concerned with the reform. No fewer than five logos stake their territory in various spots on the certifi cate: the logo of the Ministry; the seal of the Slovak Republic...

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5. The Golden Cage

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pp. 126-148

...either present or future prostitutes or undocumented domestic workers. I knew many single women who no longer even tried to apply for visas, certain they would never be allowed to travel. One I had invited to visit me in the United States simply said, “I can’t go there. I’m not married.” So the scene unfolding in front of me at the Bristol airport, where...

Appendix. English: A Kind of Sport

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pp. 149-156

Notes

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pp. 157-170

Bibliography

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pp. 171-176

Index

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pp. 177-180

Back Cover

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pp. 194-194