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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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Involuntary Associations: ‘Postcolonial Studies’ and ‘World Englishes’

Involuntary Associations: ‘Postcolonial Studies’ and ‘World Englishes’

(p.17) Chapter 1 Involuntary Associations: ‘Postcolonial Studies’ and ‘World Englishes’
Involuntary Associations

David Huddart

Liverpool University Press

This chapter articulates postcolonial studies and World Englishes, initially by exploring connections that have already been made, either explicitly or implicitly. It considers the different understandings of each term, before bringing the two together in terms of specific histories and also shared problems. Importantly, the chapter discusses the ways in which English’s spread is a form of linguistic imperialism, but it continues to examine the extent to which World Englishes escape from the assumptions associated with postcolonial studies. Finally, the chapter outlines the ways in which this book differs from previous articulations of the two fields.

Keywords:   Postcolonial Studies, World Englishes, Linguistic Imperialism, Hegemony

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