Book: Globalization of Language and Culture in Asia

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Title: Globalization of Language and Culture in Asia

Editor: Viniti Vaish

Series Title: Advances in Sociolinguistics

Published: 2010

Publisher: Continuum


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Hardcover: $140.00 



The impact of globalization processes on language is an emergent field in sociolinguistics.  To date there has not been an in-depth look at this in Asia, although Asia includes the two most populous globalizing economies of the world, India and China. 

Covering the major themes in the field of globalization and language, this book will take a look at topics such as English emerging as the medium of instruction for subjects like mathematics and science. Another theme is the rise of Mandarin as a potentially 'global' language networking the Chinese diaspora.  The cultural contexts of Asia, specifically the Sinic, Hindu and Islamic civilizations give the processes of globalization and language a unique dimension. 

This book is suitable for researchers and postgraduate students in all fields of sociolinguistic enquiry.




Introduction, Viniti Vaish (Centre for Research and Pedagogy, National Institute of Education, Singapore)

1.Global Mandarin, Goh Yeng Seng & Lim Seok Lai (Asian Languages and Literature, National Institute of Education, Singapore)

2. Muslim education and globalization: the Re-(de)positioning of languages and curriculum content in South East Asia, Saeda Buang (Asian Languages and Literature, National Institute of Education, Singapore)

3. Language Idealism and Realism in Globalization - exploring homogeneity beliefs in Japan, Masakazu Iino (School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University, Japan)

4. Linguistic Capital, Study Mothers and the Transnational Family in Singapore, Phyllis Ghim Chew (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

5. Globalization and English Teaching in Sri Lanka: Foreign Resources and Local Responses, Kaushalya Parera and Suresh Canagarajah (Baruch College, New York, USA)

6. Pedagogy, Culture and Globalization in India, Viniti Vaish (Centre for Research and Pedagogy, National Institute of Education, Singapore)

7. Flows of Technology: Mandarin in Cyberspace, Shouhui Zhao (Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, Singapore)

8. Globalization and South Korea's EPIK, Mihyon Jeon (York University, Canada)

9. Globalization and Language-in-Education Policy Shift in Malaysia: Challenges of Implementation, Saran Kaur Gill, Radha Nambiar, Noraini Ibrahim, Tan Kim Hua (University Kebangsgaan, Malaysia)

10. Globalization: Medium of Instruction Policy, Indigeneous Educational System and ELT in Sri Lanka, Indika Liyanage (Griffith University, Australia)




"Vaish's volume explores the many and varied intersections between applied linguistics and globlalization studies. This methodologically and theoretically diverse set of papers take us into new territory, both geographically and conceptually, engaging the reader with novel data and new ways of asking old questions."
- Kendall A. King, Associate Professor, Second Languages and Cultures, University of Minnesota, USA 


"This timely collection of papers, focusing on an area of the world that continues to take center-stage in geopolitics, offers incisive analyses of how processes of globalization and transnationalism are experienced 'on the ground.' Viniti Vaish has succeeded in assembling a volume that offers fresh perspectives on the intersection of language with education, policy, culture, and technology across an impressive range of Asian polities."
- Francis M. Hult, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA 

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