Many developing countries have little choice but to abuy into Englisha as a path to ideological and material betterment. Based on extensive fieldwork in Slovakia, Prendergast assembles a rich ethnographic study that records the thoughts, aspirations, and concerns of Slovak nationals, language instructors, journalists, and textbook authors who contend with the increasing importance of English to their rapidly evolving world. She reveals how the use of English in everyday life has becomes suffused with the terms of the knowledge and information economy, where language is manipulated for power and profit. Buying into English presents an astute analysis of the factors that have made English so prominent and yet so elusive, and a deconstruction of the myth of guaranteed viability for new states and economies through English.... of a new capitalist, his car then not merely newer, faster, and sleeker but a solution to the problem of unnecessary early road death. When we met again after the millennium, he was building a custom car and owned several BMWs, a Nissan Pathfinder complete with winch for o -roading trips ... By 2003, BMWs, SUVs, and other abbreviations for discretionary income were outpacing aging Ankodas on theanbsp;...
|Title||:||Buying into English|
|Publisher||:||University of Pittsburgh Pre - 2008-05-31|