Book notice

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Fri Mar 11 16:37:52 UTC 2005

Forwarded from Linguist-List:

The English-Vernacular Divide : Post colonial Language Politics and

 Vaidehi Ramanathan (University of California, Davis)

 Series Title:  Bilingual Education & Bilingualism

                    This book offers a critical exploration of the role of
English in postcolonial communities such as India. Specifically, it
focuses on some local ways in which the language falls along the lines of
a class-based divide (with ancillary ones of gender and caste as well).
The book argues that issues of inequality, subordination and unequal value
seem to revolve directly around the general positioning of English in
relation to vernacular languages. The author was raised and schooled in
the Indian educational system.

Publication Year:  2005

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