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Decentering language: displacing Englishes from the study of Englishes

Tupas, R; (2020) Decentering language: displacing Englishes from the study of Englishes. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies , 17 (3) pp. 228-245. 10.1080/15427587.2019.1641097. Green open access

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Abstract

Much has been written about the linguistics, pragmatics and politics of the pluralization of English under conditions of colonization and globalization. By and large, however, the focus of the work on World Englishes has understandably been on “Englishes” rather than the “world”. This paper explores the theoretical potential of strategically displacing “Englishes” from the study of World Englishes and, instead, train our lens on the study of the “world” by operationalizing such strategic decentering in the context of Philippine English studies. Thus, the specific argument of this paper concerns the need to train our lenses on what constitutes “Philippine” in Philippine English. This crucial modifier of English is rarely discussed, much more unpacked and critiqued, thus “English” remains relatively disconnected from its very complex “local” moorings. In the end, however, a strategic decentering of English from the study of Philippine English will strengthen the conceptual power of our accounting of the critical role of English in Philippine society. This mobilizes the field to go beyond the study of Philippine English and into Unequal Philippine Englishes.

Type: Article
Title: Decentering language: displacing Englishes from the study of Englishes
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15427587.2019.1641097
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/15427587.2019.1641097
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10109951
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