P088
The social and cultural contexts of English: future of global English

Convenors:
Tania Hossain (Waseda University)
Chair:
Tania Hossain
Location:
301 A
Start time:
16 May, 2014 at 8:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

The proposed panel will explore the social and cultural context of English in different societies special focus would be on the future of global English in Asian context.

Long abstract:

The proposed panel will explore the social and cultural context of English in different societies special focus would be on the future of global English in Asian context. English is regarded as a global language. It is by no means divested itself of a cultural context. English plays two important roles: one is that in post-colonial contexts. In many countries, English plays an important role in the educational systems. English had always been an elite language, and another is that it creates inequalities in the society. At the same time, English is seen as an essential instrument in the economic development. English distinguishes the well- educated and economically advantaged urban dwellers from the undereducated and economically distressed rural population. At the same time, English is now emerging all over the world as a medium of communication. It is said that English was in the right place and at the right time. English was a language of British colony at the 19th century as well as the leader of the industrial revolution. In the 20th century, it became a language of a super economic power U.S.A. and also it is the language of technologies, linguistic opportunities, internet, broadcasting authorities. All these incidents make English as an internationally leading language politically and economically. a. The panel will discuss what would the future of English as a global language? b. What are the dangers of a global language? c. Could anything stop a language once it achieves a global status?