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World War One British Poets: Brooke, Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg and Others (Dover Thrift)
World War One British Poets: Brooke, Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg and Others (Dover Thrift)
by Candace Ward
Edition: Paperback

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good but no women, 14 Nov. 2001
A good - and very cheap - collection of British World War I poets. The introductions could have been more detailed - but I guess...(that at the price)...you can't expect too much. What disturbs me more is that just one woman has been included. The editor disregarded a lot of interesting poems which deal with female war experiences.


Linguistic Imperialism (Oxford Applied Linguistics)
Linguistic Imperialism (Oxford Applied Linguistics)
by Robert Phillipson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.99

28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good questions, biased answers, 14 Nov. 2001
Phillipson's Linguistic Imperialism is an important book and I doubt that any serious discussion of English as a World Language should avoid a discussion of his work. Linguistic Imperialism raises the point (all too often disregarded) that English Language Teaching doesn't happen in thin air, that it is connected with politics and ecconomy. Phillipson argues that the center (that is the English speaking countries of the West) have used English to supress the people of the former colonies. This phenomenon he refers to as "linguistic imperialism". He deals with 5 tenets,or rather fallacies, which have been used for such imperialistic purposes; the most important of these fallacies are that English is best taught monolingually (without using other languages) and that it is best taught by a native speaker. While Phillipson raises many interesting points (the fallacies of ELT among them) his overall thesis has to be rejected on the following grounds (toname but a few):* on its in-built power asymmetry, that is that the devloping countries are seen as being incapable of independent decisions. * the fact that linguistic imperialism is not falsifiable: there is no scenario where Phillipson would admit that English DOES fulfill a useful role in a third world country.* Phillipson's left-wing terminology and tone: imperialism itself is a left-wing term.* a country's linguistic ecology is to complex to fit into Phillipson's neat "black and white" scenario.Phillipon's book can thus be only a start for a discussion on global English. For further reading I recommend Kachru's "The Alchemy of English", Crystals "English as an International Language" (critical reading necessary) and Pennycook's "The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language."


The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language (Language In Social Life)
The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language (Language In Social Life)
by Alastair Pennycook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.97

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solid, but somewhat postmodern, 14 Nov. 2001
Similar to Phillipson's linguistic imperialism this book critically deals with the world-wide spread of English. Altough Pennycook overplays the dangers of English a bit he is far less idelogical than Phillipson. Contrary to Phillipson he also offer an interestign solution which is that teachers of English have to deal critically with this phenomenon. He refers to this as critical pedagogy. This book is highly recommended for any discussion about international English!


The Alchemy of English: The Spread, Functions, and Models of Non-Native Englishes (English in the Global Context)
The Alchemy of English: The Spread, Functions, and Models of Non-Native Englishes (English in the Global Context)
by Braj B. Kachru
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still excellent, 14 Nov. 2001
Kachru's book is an excellent analysis of non-native varieties of English and the opportunities as well as the dangers of global English. In contrast to Phillipson's more recent book (1992) Kachru is critical but not overly influenced by ideology. This book is another must for those interested in international English; however, as it is a bit dated (it was published in 1986!) a revised edition would be more than welcome.


Post-Imperial English: Status Change in Former British and American Colonies, 1940-1990 (Contributions to Sociology of Language) (Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL])
Post-Imperial English: Status Change in Former British and American Colonies, 1940-1990 (Contributions to Sociology of Language) (Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL])
by Joshua A. Fishman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £171.99

5.0 out of 5 stars a case study worth reading, 14 Nov. 2001
This book was conceived to test Phillipson's linguistic imperialism theory (1992). For this purpose scholars in a range of countries were asked to evaluate the status of English in their home countries. The book concludes with an excellent summary by Fishman which shows that linguistic imperialism is too simplistic to account for complex language eccologies.


English as a Global Language
English as a Global Language
by David Crystal
Edition: Paperback

17 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too blue eyed, 14 Nov. 2001
Crystal's book is the exact counterpart to Phillipson's "Linguistic Imperialism". While the former has been called an "alarmist" (because of his view that English has been used for imperialistic purposes) the latter apparently sees no problem what so ever (and has thus been called "triumphalist"). Crystal seems to suggest that all linguistic cross-cultural problems could be solved if everyone would learn English from an early age onwards. He apparently sees nothing wrong if Asian farmers cannot read the instructions on fertilizer bags because they are in English. Rather suspiciously, Crystal disregards Phillipson completely in this. While there are some good arguments against Phillipson, Crystal refuses to enter the debate. More generally, it seems to me that he refuses to deal with the more unpleasant facts of the global spread of English. Better to continue writing about the happy family of English speakers! The book is thus rather naive in its evaluation of the role, status and attitudes connected with the English language.For those who would like to read a really damning review I can recommend Phillipson's "Voice in Global English: unheard Chords in Crystal loud and clear." which appeared in Applied Linguistics 20/2:265-276.
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English Across Cultures, Cultures Across English: A Reader in Cross-cultural Communication (Contributions to the Sociology of Language) (Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL])
English Across Cultures, Cultures Across English: A Reader in Cross-cultural Communication (Contributions to the Sociology of Language) (Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL])
by Ofelia Garcia
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £107.52

5.0 out of 5 stars a must for those interested in the topic, 14 Nov. 2001
The articles contained in this volume give a good overview about the main questions in the field of cross-cultural communication as well as language and culture. Particularly interesting is Platt's article about different communicative strategies in English-speaking Asian speech communities and Verschueren's paper about English as an object and medium of misunderstanding.


World Englishes 2000 (Literary Studies East & West)
World Englishes 2000 (Literary Studies East & West)
by Larry E. Smith
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars up to date, 14 Nov. 2001
This is one of the latest collections of papers dealing with the global spread of English and thus offers some interesting papers by the most notable scholars in the field. Particularly interesting is Kachru's collection of resources for teaching and research which I used extensively for my own work.


Color Categories in Thought & Lang
Color Categories in Thought & Lang
by C. L. Hardin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £34.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a dead end approach, 14 Nov. 2001
The subject clearly is an interesting one: colour, thought and language: how are they connected? Do we percieve colours differently? However, this book is based on Berlin and Kay's approach. In the lates 60s these two scientists suggested that societies acquire colur terms in a certain order. First, a distinction between black and white is made. Red comes next, then blue or green and so on. However, as research findings came in, Berlin and Kay's model had to be changed continously to accomodate new facts. By now it is so complex that it is hardly a model at all. Furthermore, it might have been the case that the scholar's own views influenced their thesis. Rather than admit they are mistaken the model was kept and twisted around. Lucy's article at the end of the book clearly shows the fallacy of their approach. All the other articles, however, are based on Berlin and Kay's approach and thus rather worthless.


The Presidency of John F. Kennedy (American Presidency Series)
The Presidency of John F. Kennedy (American Presidency Series)
by James N. Giglio
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars revealing, 14 Nov. 2001
This book is neither an uncritical appraisal of Kennedy nor a damning account. Rather, the author has managed to give a critical but not biased view of Kennedy's presidency. Naturally, this involves disproving a couple of myths about "Camelot". I had to read this book for a university course about Kenndey's presidency and can recommend it to anyone interested in a fair account.


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