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Involuntary AssociationsPostcolonial Studies and World Englishes$
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David Huddart

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380253.001.0001

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English in the Conversation of Mankind: World Englishes and Global Citizenship

English in the Conversation of Mankind: World Englishes and Global Citizenship

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(p.52) Chapter 3 English in the Conversation of Mankind: World Englishes and Global Citizenship
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Involuntary Associations
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David Huddart

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380253.003.0004

Exploring different understandings of globalization, this chapter makes a case for World Englishes as supplementary languages of global citizenship. Drawing on examples such as internationalized universities, the European Union, and Esperanto, the chapter considers the ways in which such a language (or series of languages) of global citizenship would have to be an instance that would shadow other formal languages, just as global citizenship shadows formal citizenship. In considering this possibility, the chapter engages with the obvious dangers posed by a global English, a singular language that might dominate global communication in the name of specific cultural, political, and economic interests.

Keywords:   Global citizenship, Globalization, Cosmopolitanism, Communication

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