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|
|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)|
|Depositing User:||Philip Seargeant|
|Date Deposited:||03 Aug 2009 14:36|
|Last Modified:||23 Oct 2012 14:34|
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