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Friday, February 24, 2006

Language, identity and power

A debate has been heating up in the comments section of Engrenagem about writing in English or Portuguese.

Debates about language always bring out our feelings of pride, fear and insecurity because language(s) are so much tied in with identity. And so much tied in with power.

In a report about the future of English (English Next, 2006) David Graddol puts it better:

English is now redefining national and individual identities worldwide; shifting polticial fault lines; creating new global patterns of wealth and social exclusion; and suggesting new notions of human rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
That's why treating "language" as only technical issue (she sighs thinking of Inglês Técnico) is all wrong! As Graddol puts it:

The teaching of English has been seen in the past as largely a technical issue about the best methodologies, a practical issue of resources in teacher training and text books, ... We can now see that it has become much more than these things although such issues have not gone away... It is a phenomenon which lies at the heart of globalisation.

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2 Comments:

Blogger akbar said...

the arguments your have given are incomplete and insufficient to comprehend the whole topic, according to my inadequete knowledge. this topic should fall in the category of sociolinguistics where language cannot be observed with the factors that surround it.

1/26/2010 06:06:00 PM  
Blogger akbar said...

the arguments your have given are incomplete and insufficient to comprehend the whole topic, according to my inadequete knowledge. this topic should fall in the category of sociolinguistics where language cannot be observed without the factors that surround it.

1/26/2010 06:09:00 PM  

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