The Local Politics of Global English

The Local Politics of Global English : Case Studies in Linguistic Globalization

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I>The Local Politics of Global English analyzes linguistic globalization in five countries that differ greatly in both their degree of global integration and their use of English. Concepts of hegemony and resistance, elites and subalterns, and liberalization and democratization are incorporated in case studies that provide insight into the politics of linguistic globalization.show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 147.3 x 226.1 x 12.7mm | 249.48g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739105981
  • 9780739105986
  • 2,112,317

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The focus of Professor Sonntag's book, local political responses to the globalization of English, becomes more important every day, and it has the potential to illuminate our understanding of a wide range of political phenomena. The book's use of well-chosen case studies within a nicely framed analytical structure provides just the right combination of theory and empirical data to fulfill its promise. Theoretically grounded, empirically rich, written in accessible prose, and filled with deeply thoughtful insights and reflections, this book makes a substantial contribution to the literatures on language politics, comparative politics, globalization, and socio-linguistics. -- Ronald Schmidt Sr., California State University, Long Beach; author of Language Policy and Identity Politics in the United States Analyzing the global spread of English, Selma Sonntag demonstrates the political significance of linguistic globalization. Lucidly written and teeming with brilliant insights, Sonntag's study represents an important contribution to the emerging field of globalization studies. -- Manfred B. Steger, Professor of Global Politics, University of Hawai'i-Manoa In this study, Sonntag skillfully integrates a number of disparate concepts and ideas (such as 'hegemony,' 'resistance,' 'globalization,' and 'subaltern,' to mention just a few), and links them to the spread of English globally. In this she deftly reveals some unexpected, 'topsy-turvy' developments. -- Harold F. Schiffman, University of Pennsylvania By juxtaposing typologies from political science and language studies and applying them to five distinctive national contexts-France, India, Nepal, South Africa, and the United States-Sonntag demonstrates the complex relationships between processes of globalization and language use. Her lucid analysis demonstrates that English can serve both as a language of economic integration and as a vehicle of resistance to such integration and promotes careful identification of the multiple local forces that shape the social valence and symbolic resonances invoked by particular language choices. -- Mary McGroarty, Northern Arizona University; Editor, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics Sonntag's effort to exemplify complicated issues of global English and local politics is very valuable and timely... This book offers a wonderful resource to anyone who wants to grasp a broad idea of the controversy over global English at the level of local politics and it will be especially useful to students in undergraduate course in political science, global studies and linguistics. Journal Of Sociolinguisticsshow more

About Selma K. Sonntag

Selma K. Sonntag is Professor of Government and Politics at Humboldt State University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: What is Global English? Chapter 2 Globalization and the Politics of Language Chapter 3 Language Politics in the United States: Projecting a Global Vision? Chapter 4 Language Politics in France, or How Do You Say "Junk Food" in Breton? Chapter 5 Subaltern Language Politics in India Chapter 6 Language Politics in Democratic Transitions: Comparing South Africa and Nepal Chapter 7 Understanding Linguistic Globalizationshow more

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