Asian Englishes: Beyond The Canon (Asian Englishes Today) By Braj B. Kachru Number Of Pages: 333 Publication Date: 2005-03-30 ISBN-10 / ASIN: 9622096654 ISBN-13 / EAN: 9789622096653
The Asian region comprises the largest English-knowing population in the world: the estimated users of English in India and China alone number over 533 million. This book is an insightful and provocative study of the users and uses of English in Asia, its acculturation, nativization, and innovative dimension of Asian creativity. It contextualizes a variety of theoretical, applied, and ideological issues with refreshing interpretations and re-evaluations. The book also includes an extensive bibliography representing pedagogical, theoretical, and historical resources.
This book is essentially about the Asianness in Asian Englishes and their gradual, yet marked, distinctness which has developed over a long history in contexts of language and cultural contact. It discusses the changing ideational and functional constructs of the presence of the English language in the Asian continent and the resultant linguistic turbulence. Asian Englishes are parting ways with the traditional canons of the Raj in the mantras they articulate while strengthening and expanding the link in the use of the English medium.