English as a Local Language
Post-colonial Identities and Multilingual Practices
Author: Christina Higgins
- Paperback - 184 pages
- 08 Jul 2009
- Multilingual Matters
- 210 x 148 (A5)
This book explores how multilingualism involving English is ordered in post-colonial, globalizing societies. By placing multilingual practices at the theoretical center, the author investigates a range of sociolinguistic domains to demonstrate how individuals use English as a local resource alongside other languages in East Africa to produce an array of local and global identifications.
Hitherto, this field of scholarship has been dominated by the research of English as an ‘international language’ or ‘global language’ or ‘world language’. But in this book, Christina Higgins jettisons that norm and brings a daring yet refreshing new voice to the debate by focusing on the appropriation of English as a local language and mapping the politics of its co-existence with indigenous languages in Kenya and Tanzania. She has developed a framework that places multilingual practices at the theoretical centre while responding brilliantly to the growing relevance of social theory in sociolinguistics.
Professor Tope Omoniyi, Roehampton University, UK
The author clearly has an extensive knowledge of multilingual practices around the world. Her very detailed information about the sociolinguistics of mixed languages in Tanzania and Kenya is particularly impressive.
Alfred Buregeya, University of Nairobi, English World-Wide 32:1, 2011
Christina Higgins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Honolulu, USA. Her main areas of interest are the sociopolitics of English as a global language and the sociolinguistics of multilingual societies. She has focused her research in Kenya and Tanzania, where she has investigated how multilingual individuals use English alongside their other languages to produce local and global identifications across domains such as workplace conversation, advertising, popular culture, and HIV/AIDS education.
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