Asian Englishes: Beyond The Canon (Asian Englishes Today) by Braj Kachru PDF

By Braj Kachru

ISBN-10: 9622096654

ISBN-13: 9789622096653

ISBN-10: 9622096662

ISBN-13: 9789622096660

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This was in 1936 (see Mencken, 1936). And now the question remains: Is this attitude about American English in Britain dead (cf. Chapter 8)? The answer to this question is an emphatic ‘no’; one does not have to go too far for the evidence. It was not too long ago that Prince Charles said that the American version of the language was ‘very corrupting’ and that the English version was the ‘proper’ one. He told the British Council that ‘we must act now to ensure that English, and that, to my way of thinking, means English English, maintains its position as the world language well into the next century’ (Chicago Tribune, 24 March 1995, section 1, p.

Bowers, 1995: 88) The English language, then, according to Bowers’ statement, is an asset and instrument of the British as a vehicle of British values and culture, and as a resource for trade and profession. This is a ‘national’ agenda and the British perspective on English. And this perspective has been put more directly, if less diplomatically, by the director of ‘a dynamic worldwide chain of English language schools’ who told Phillipson, the author of Linguistic Imperialism that ‘once we used to send gunboats and diplomats abroad; now we are sending English teachers’ (Phillipson, 1992: 8).

Current strategies What we see now is that the earlier agendas have really not been abandoned. What has changed are the ways the agenda is presented and the strategies that are used for its implementation. Roger Bowers, one of the senior officers of the British Council in the 1990s, makes it clear that ‘the promotion of the English language is absolutely central’ as one of the ‘Charter obligations’ of the British Council (1995: 88). ] I must confess that, Bowers also adds, ‘along with those of other Englishspeaking nations’ (1995: 88; emphasis added).

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