Asian Englishes : beyond the canon by Braj Kachru

By Braj Kachru

This publication presents an important interpreting for college kids and researchers of global Englishes. it's an insightful and provocative examine of the varieties and services of English in Asia, its acculturation and nativization, and the leading edge dimensions of Asian creativity.

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Kachru controversy in Tickoo, 1991). 5 In a broader conceptualization of world Englishes these issues then take us to larger concerns, regarding canonicity, pluralism and diversity (for a detailed discussion and references, see B. Kachru, 1997b). First, they are used 22 Asian Englishes: Beyond the canon with reference to the contextualization of English in functions which are distinct from, and oftentimes contrary to, the original colonial agenda for the language and its presuppositions. Second, they are used with reference to assertions about the stylistic identities of the English medium (madhyama), as opposed to the messages (mantras) that the medium conveys, as illustrated with reference to the writings of Raja Rao in Chapter 7.

After all, English has been with us in various parts of Asia for almost 200 years. That presence in relation to time compares very well indeed with the transplanting of English in North America, in Australia, and in New Zealand. The second question brings us close to an ongoing pan-Asian debate about the English language. Why not consider the diaspora varieties of English, for example, in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and India as functionally viable parts of our linguistic and cultural heritages?

Epistemological concerns I shall add some epistemological concerns to this cross-cultural debate, but not necessarily restricted to Asia. g. see Dasgupta, 1993; Dissanayake, 1985; B. , 1998). In order to respond to these concerns, two questions come to mind. First, what conditions must a transplanted colonial language in diaspora fulfil to be accepted as part of the colonizees’ linguistic repertoire? In other words, why not consider the reincarnated English in the Philippines, Singapore and India — just to offer three examples — as a part of our local pluralistic linguistic heritage?

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