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The idea of English in Japan: ideology and the evolution of a global language

Seargeant, Philip (2009). The idea of English in Japan: ideology and the evolution of a global language. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

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This book examines the ways in which English is conceptualised as a global language in Japan, and considers how the resultant language ideologies - drawn in part from universal discourses; in part from context-specific trends in social history - inform the relationships that people in Japan have towards the language. The book analyses the specific nature of the language's symbolic meaning in Japan, and how this meaning is expressed and negotiated in society. It also discusses how the ideologies of English that exist in Japan might have implications for the more general concept of 'English as a global language'. To this end it considers the question of what constitutes a 'global' language, and how, if at all, a balance can be struck between the universal and the historically-contingent when it comes to formulating a theory of English within the world.

Item Type: Authored Book
Copyright Holders: 2009 Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 1-84769-201-X, 978-1-84769-201-6
Keywords: English language; Japan; lingua franca; global English
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 17858
Depositing User: Philip Seargeant
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2009 14:36
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:34
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