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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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Conclusion: English Remains, Englishes Remain

Conclusion: English Remains, Englishes Remain

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(p.133) Conclusion: English Remains, Englishes Remain
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Involuntary Associations
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David Huddart

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380253.003.0008

This conclusion explores the sense that, whatever perspective we adopt towards the English language’s present scope, its preeminence and dominance can appear unchallengeable. It continues to argue that both preeminence and dominance are unlikely to be long-lived, and that each is a relatively recent phenomenon. Through reading a text by the controversial Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński, the conclusion recalls just how different linguistic history could have been, and considers different possibilities for its future. It also argues that postcolonial studies, through engaging with World Englishes and their study in linguistics, can renew itself in order to engage with different aspects of the linguistic, cultural, political, and economic futures that are currently in the process of being shaped.

Keywords:   Networks, China, India, Future of English, Ryszard Kapuściński

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