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Asian Englishes

Beyond the Canon

Braj B. Kachru

Publication Year: 2005

This book provides crucial reading for students and researchers of world Englishes. It is an insightful and provocative study of the forms and functions of English in Asia, its acculturation and nativization, and the innovative dimensions of Asian creativity.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU

Series: Asian Englishes Today

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. vii-x

List of illustrations

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pp. xi

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Series editor’s preface

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pp. xiii-xiv

A new book from Professor Braj B. Kachru is nothing less than an event. The contribution of Braj Kachru to linguistics and English studies over the last three decades has been legendary. That academics today routinely talk about the ‘Englishes’ of the world is due in no small measure to the fact that when Braj Kachru ...

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pp. xv-xix

This book is essentially about the Asianness in Asian Englishes and their gradual, yet marked, distinctness which has developed over a long history in contexts of language and cultural contact. It discusses the changing ideational and functional constructs of the presence of the English language in the Asian continent ...

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pp. xxi-xxii

The following chapters in this volume are revised, updated, and in some cases substantially rewritten versions of papers published earlier. The original titles have been altered to bring a thematic cohesiveness to this volume, and relevant latest references have been added. These papers first appeared in the sources listed below. ...

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Phonetic symbols and transcription

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pp. xxiii

In most cases, particularly in Chapter 3, the symbols of the Internatinal Phonetic Association (IPA) have been used. Since symbols may occur in cited text, their appearances may vary. ...

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1. Introduction: Anglophone Asia

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pp. 1-6

The volume, Asian Englishes: Beyond the Canon, contextualizes selected dimensions of world Englishes in Asia’s Anglophone societies. The ten chapters that follow bring together various perspectives on functions, creativity, canonicity, attitudes and pedagogy. ...

Part I: Contexts

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2. Asian Englishes

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pp. 9-28

The issues that I discuss in this chapter concern several aspects of the Asian presence of the English language, and are not restricted to methods and methodology. The concerns are about the constructs of the language that we use in a wide range of functional domains, about the ideologies, and the altered ...

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3. South Asian schizophrenia

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pp. 29-72

The history of English in South Asia is one of prolonged heated debates and controversies. The controversy about the legacy of English and desirability of its continued location in language policies and its cultural associations is the major pastime of politicians, academics and the media. However, the political map of ...

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4. Past imperfect: The Japanese agony

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pp. 73-96

This chapter primarily focuses on Japan, which holds a unique position in Asia, and provides important insights for understanding various methodological, attitudinal, and ideological issues about the functions of English and attitudes towards the language. In the East Asian region Japan has been one of the first countries ...

Part II: Convergence

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5. Englishization: Asia and beyond

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pp. 99-120

The focus of this chapter is on one of the two Janus-like faces of language contact situations involving English and other languages termed ENGLISHIZATION. This is an aspect that has received considerable attention in recent years (e.g. see Viereck and Bald, 1986, for references). The other face is that of nativization ...

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6. The absent voices

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pp. 121-134

This chapter discusses English for Specific Purposes (hereafter ESP) primarily within the context of Anglophone Asia. In most studies on ESP, the focus is generally on the appropriateness of a language corpus: the formal organization of the corpus at various linguistic levels: phonetic, phonological (e.g. Flood and West, 1952); ...

Part III: Mantras

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7. Medium and mantra

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pp. 137-154

This chapter contextualizes Raja Rao’s Kanthapura, published in 1938, within what is now the canon of Indian English creativity. In fact, Rao’s Kanthapura provided a liberating mantra in the formative years of the creativity in Asia’s Indian English. In this chapter, I will place that mantra in a broader historical context and ...

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8. Talking back and writing back

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pp. 155-162

In its genre, that of face-to-face interviews, Interviews with Writers of the Post- Colonial World is rewarding, stimulating, and extremely informative.1 The team of two skilful interviewers, Jussawalla and Dasenbrock (hereafter, J and D), have made this fine book a resource for both scholars of language and literature ...

Part IV: Predator

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9. Killer or accessory to murder?

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pp. 165-184

The tenor of this chapter is partly indicative of the global gravity and the current tone of international debate on this topic of language death and decay. We are witnessing in South Asia, in East Asia, in Africa, and indeed across all the continents, escalating critical stages of endangerment, decay, and ultimately, ...

Part V: Pedagogy

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10. Contexts of pedagogy and identity

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pp. 187-202

In recent years there have been insightful initiatives in English pedagogy. These initiatives go beyond earlier essentially Western — British and North American — paradigms of methodology, teacher education, and models of acquisition. A variety of questions have been raised about the underlying constructs1 of such earlier research ...

Part VI: Afterword

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11. Present tense: Making sense of Anglophone Asia

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pp. 205-256

This afterword recapitulates the major threads of present formal, functional and ideational tensions of Anglophone Asia — a region which is now home to the world’s largest English-using population. In literature a variety of constructs are used to ‘interrogate’ — or ‘problematize’ — the presence of English in Asia, ...


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pp. 257-264


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pp. 265-318


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pp. 319-333

E-ISBN-13: 9789882200104
Print-ISBN-13: 9789622096653

Page Count: 360
Publication Year: 2005

Series Title: Asian Englishes Today