The Idea of English in Japan Ideology and the Evolution of a Global Language

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-08-04
  • Publisher: 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.

Author Biography

Philip Seargeant is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the Centre for Language and Communication, The Open University, UK. He previously worked for a number of years in the higher education sector in Japan. He is the author of several articles in journals such as Language Policy, Language Communication, Language Sciences, World Englishes, and the International Journal of Applied Linguistics.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
The Concept of English as a Global Language
Language Ideology and Global English
English in Japan: The Current Shape of the Debate
Globalisation - 'Enriching Japanese Culture Through Contact with Other Cultures'
Authenticity - 'More English than England Itself'
Aspiration - 'Enhancing Lifestyles and Living out Dreams'
The Unknown Language
Rival Ideologies in Applied Linguistics
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