Thursday, October 03, 2013

Still pushing back against the expanding circle in World Englishes, our hero has an epiphany

"to academic language without personal engagement... is to mimic not to speak" - Canagarajah

The epiphany:

Expanding circle Englishes are not performance varieties. Depending on context, we can say NNEST/EC speakers' use of Inner Circle Englishes is the performance.

(Furthermore the term 'performance variety' is troubling from a number of perspectives, especially if you accept (not that I do) that everything is 'performance' in a sense)

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