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Correct or global English: An instrument of social control or the great equaliser


Terry, D and Le, T, Correct or global English: An instrument of social control or the great equaliser, Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy, Nova Science Publishers, S Fan, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 3-15. ISBN 978-1-63482-800-0 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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The English language has developed to become one of the more commonly languages globally. It is used for commerce, science and within the media; however, not all ‗Englishes‘ are equal. This chapter provides a brief overview of the development of English; its use as an international language; and to highlight the issues borne through ‗correct‘ English which leads to linguistic prejudice, superiority and judgment. Using a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) perspective, the chapter will focus on the discourse of English as social practice while examining the social injustices as they manifest among those who use the English language. Through this process, using CDA, the chapter seeks is to uncover the power relationship and social inequities among groups that use the English language. The example of non-native English authors is used to demonstrate that a more inclusive rather than divisive and exclusive English is advocated to be recognised. In so doing the dominance and hegemony of native users of standard English needs to be moderated.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:English language, social practice, linguistic prejudice, power, control
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Le, T (Dr Thao Le)
ID Code:103532
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-10-15
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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