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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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Grammars of Living Break their Tense: World Englishes and Cultural Translation

Grammars of Living Break their Tense: World Englishes and Cultural Translation

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(p.32) Chapter 2 Grammars of Living Break their Tense: World Englishes and Cultural Translation
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Involuntary Associations
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David Huddart

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380253.003.0003

This chapter explores how World Englishes can be understood as instances of cultural translation, focusing ultimately on the example of Singapore. It begins by considering the extent to which cultural translation is a problematic because imperialist concept and practice. Arguing against a translation based on the transparency of a demanding and Western globalization, the chapter focuses on different examples of language use in Singapore that can be interpreted in terms of the performative. This stress on the performative draws on both World Englishes studies and postcolonial studies, for example the work of Homi K. Bhabha.

Keywords:   Translation, Transparency, Singapore, Performativity, Homi K. Bhabha

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