Asian Englishes : beyond the canon by Braj Kachru

By Braj Kachru

This booklet offers an important examining for college students and researchers of worldwide Englishes. it really is an insightful and provocative examine of the varieties and capabilities of English in Asia, its acculturation and nativization, and the cutting edge dimensions of Asian creativity.

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It is, however, to be emphasized that the roles of English in Asia have already acquired FUNCTIONAL NATIVENESS, as discussed earlier, and that ASIA’S ENGLISH must be viewed in terms of that nativeness, that includes uses of English: 1. as a vehicle of communication across distinct linguistic and cultural groups at one level of interaction; 2. as a nativized medium for articulating local identities within and across Asia; 3. as one of the pan-Asian languages of creativity; 4. as a language that has developed its own subvarieties indicating penetration at various social, functional and educational levels; and 5.

The situation of predetermined interlocutors (Inner Circle vs. Other Circles or as ELT literature presents native vs. non-native) has no pragmatic and communicative validity, as discussed in detail in Chapter 6. And this pragmatic fact has serious implications in our continued subordination to ELT mythology, imposed by the ELT Empire, as I have attempted to show in this volume. Mythology and the Asian context The acceptance of this mythology is not always innocent. There are contexts in which the use of the mythology is initiated towards cultural, religious, ideological, and economic ends.

Rao has no hesitation in equating English in India with the Brahmanic sacred language Sanskrit, as discussed in Chapter 7. The metaphors ‘the flowering tree’ or ‘the speaking tree’ point to yet other dimensions of English, that of its multiculturalism, its pluralism and its immense hybridity. The discussion that follows combines some aspect of all these metaphors, since most of them also represent our Asian perceptions of the language. That is not surprising, since Asia comprises a linguistic, literary, cultural, ideological and, of course, political, world of its own — a vast world of hybridities.

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