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The Relocation of English: Shifting Paradigms in a Global Era

Author: Mario Saraceni
ISBN: 9780230206656
Original Region: United Kingdom
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2010
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English has begun to relocate away from its 'birthplace' centuries ago, and this is something that has attracted a great deal of academic interest in the last fifty years. Many questions have been posed:

· How is the English language changing?

· Which and how many varieties have emerged?

· What are their forms and functions?

· If there are many equal varieties of English, which models should people learn and use?

The general predicament is that a paradigm shift is needed that would challenge the superiority of certain varieties of English, of the 'native speaker' and of so-called 'standard English'. Mario Saraceni shows that while these ideas have been widely been accepted in academia, they are still alien in the public discourse. He suggests that we should take a fresh look at the relocation of English, abandon our concerns about the forms of English and begin to think of the ways in which this global language becomes a tool of ideological re-balance of the world and how its relocation in our minds is more significant than its grammar, its vocabulary and its phonology.

About the Author:

MARIO SARANCENIteaches Applied Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth, UK. His previous publications include English in the World: Global Rules, Global Roles (co-edited with Rani Rubdy, 2006), The Language of Comics(2003) and papers in international journals, such as English Today, ELT Journal, World Englishes.


'This is an innovative and thought-provoking monograph...[it] is thoughtful, well-written, and full of insights, drawn from the author's research as well as his personal experience. It is strongly recommended to all those interested in the development of world Englishes as a field research and pedagogy.'

— Kingsley Bolton, World Englishes

Hardcover:176 pages

Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm

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