De-Hegemonizing Language Standards: Learning From(Post)Colonial Englishes About 'English' (Language, Discourse, Society) by Arjuna Parakrama

De-Hegemonizing Language Standards: Learning From(Post)Colonial Englishes About 'English' (Language, Discourse, Society) Author: Arjuna Parakrama
eBook Title: De-Hegemonizing Language Standards: Learning From(Post)Colonial Englishes About 'English' (Language, Discourse, Society)
ISBN10: 0312123167
ISBN13: 978-0312123161
Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (September 1, 1995)
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
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Here, an examination of so-called uneducated and otherwise non-standard usage in the Sri Lankan context, including popular cultural and protest writing and speech, shows that Sri Lankans communicate powerfully and creatively in this medium. The legitimization of this practice on the margins leads to a de-hegemonizing of language standards. What can be seen in the Sri Lankan context is not specific to it, but shown to be typical of all languages in use, and, in an analogous argument, the claim is extended from the narrowly linguistic sphere to the much broader field of discursive practice in general.

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