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World Englishes or worlds of English? Pitfalls of a postcolonial discourse in Philippine English

T. Ruanni and F. Tupas

in Philippine English

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099470
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207264 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099470.003.0005
World Englishes or worlds of English? Pitfalls of a postcolonial discourse in Philippine English

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This chapter explores the ideological foundations of a particular paradigm in the sociolinguistics of English, that of “world Englishes” (or “WE”), within theoretical and political contexts. It demonstrates how WE, with special reference to the case of “Philippine English,” is sustained by a particular discourse of postcoloniality, one that is markedly postcolonial in spirit and form but, on historical and sociopolitical grounds, is ideologically conservative and dangerously complicit with recent ideas and practices of neoliberal globalization, the source of hotly contested debates because of its connection with rising global inequalities and fundamentalisms.

Keywords: world Englishes; Philippine English; postcoloniality; neoliberal globalization; global inequalities; fundamentalisms

Chapter.  8689 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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