English in Perspective

What is the real status of English in the world, and in South Africa in particular? South Africa has 11 official languages, and purports to uphold equal rights for all. However, English continues to wield immense official and unofficial power. Many English second- or additional-language speakers in South Africa are sacrificing or diluting their primary languages and cultures in the quest to take up and use the power in a world language. English in Perspective uses a wealth of local texts to explore how English is spoken and written. It questions the dominance of English and wrestles with some of the complexities arising from language use and change in a multilingual society.
Author:
Felicity Horne Glenda Heinemann
Format:
Paperback

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What is the real status of English in the world, and in South Africa in particular? South Africa has 11 official languages, and purports to uphold equal rights for all. However, English continues to wield immense official and unofficial power. Many English second- or additional-language speakers in South Africa are sacrificing or diluting their primary languages and cultures in the quest to take up and use the power in a world language. English in Perspective uses a wealth of local texts to explore how English is spoken and written. It questions the dominance of English and wrestles with some of the complexities arising from language use and change in a multilingual society.

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Author:
Felicity Horne, Glenda Heinemann
Subtitle:
(1ST - 2003)
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Imprint:
OUP Southern Africa
ISBN:
9780195781946
Audience:
Academic
Pages:
352
Width (mm):
171
Length (mm):
240
Weight (g):
456

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