Emergent Lingua Francas and World Orders: The Politics and Place of English as a World Language

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-13
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book presents an alternative paradigm in understanding and appreciating World Englishes (WEs) in the wake of globalization and its accompanying shifting priorities in many dimensions of modern life, including the emergence of the English language as the dominant lingua franca (ELF). The paradigm will have as its focus the argument that history is a theatre for the realization of lingua francas, be it tribal, city, national or global. Language is affected by historical change which in turn, affects the direction of social and linguistic development A model is offered which shows the present as derived from the past and as a bearer of future possibility and it is argued that the understanding of Wes and ELF is rooted in the understanding of these possibilities. The book will engage with some of the current theoretical debates in WEs and includes, as a means of fleshing out the model, a sociolinguistic case studies of Arabia, China Fujian, and Singapore.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Emergent Lingua Francas and World Ordersp. 1
A Model of Evolving World Orders and Lingua Francasp. 28
Liminalityp. 58
The Last Liminal Period: Emergent Arabic in the Middle Agesp. 78
Three Phases of Liminalityp. 101
Embracing Liminality: A Case Study of Singaporep. 124
A Case Study of The Peoples' Republic of Chinap. 148
A Case Study of Southern Min Languagep. 177
The Place of English in the World Todayp. 209
Notesp. 233
Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 277
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