`A very welcome and much-needed broadening of current theoretical perspectives' - Professor Norman Fairclough This book offers a major reappraisal of the role of language in the social world. Focusing on three main areas - the global spread of English; Standard English; and language and sexism - The Politics of English: examines World English in relation to international capitalism and colonialism; analyzes the ideological underpinnings of the debate about Standard English; and locates sexism in language as arising from social relations. Locating itself in the classical Marxist tradition, this book shows how language is both shaped by, and contributes to social life.

Money Talks: The Politics of World English

Money talks: The politics of World English

The unprecedented spread of English across the globe, intensified over the last forty years, poses in stark fashion the questions of language and social change, of language and power. Fervent Empire-builders in the last century were quite open about English being part of the imperial project. States were centralized and ruthlessly brought into line with the needs of imperial trade. Civil services, school systems and armies stirred to the sound of English. For the most part, they continued to do so after the imperialists had left. Later state-builders in the twentieth century, sometimes reluctantly, took on the linguistic inheritance, for motives similar to their colonial predecessors. English, after independence, proliferated not declined. ...

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