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Postcolonial language varieties and policies (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Anne Barron

wöchentlich | Dienstag | 08:15 - 09:45 | 16.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 5.310 Seminarraum

Inhalt: The status of English as well as uses of English around the world have changed over the history of the English language. English is today an important language in communication around the globe, and Standard English a standardised subject, a desirable commodity and a source of power. The realities of the English language in today's globalised world, however, go beyond Standard English. There exist numerous varieties of English, from Malaysian English, to New Zealand English, to Chinese English, to British English. In addition, English is also used extensively as a lingua franca in native and non-native communication. In this seminar, we investigate the impact which colonisation, among other factors, had on the development of the English language, we explore the different uses and varieties of English from a linguistic perspective and we examine the power dimensions associated with Standard English and investigate attitudes towards different uses and varieties of English. Finally, we also look at the role which policies and educational contexts play in reproducing linguistic power dimensions.