By Arjuna Parakrama

ISBN-10: 0333616340

ISBN-13: 9780333616345

This learn establishes the discriminatory and elitist nature of ordinary languages and standardization itself, contemplating as counter-example the case of Sri Lankan English as symptomatic of the opposite or post-colonial Englishes. at the foundation of this realizing of the traditional, whereas even as accepting the need of criteria, even if attenuated, the author argues for the lively broadening of the traditional to incorporate the best sort attainable - privileging that means over different ideas - and holds that this might in reality paintings in the direction of extending the limits of linguistic tolerance.

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Some courts would be filled with flowers andother types of yard arrangements. My court was horrible. The cement and ashfalt that covered the grounds was so old that it had huge cracks everywhere and was crumbling. There were areas closer to the building thaat were reserved for gardens but that dirt was harder than the old cement. At the main entrance into the court there was a slight hill and then it would level off. Whenever it would rain a huge brownish puddle would form. The puddle was so large that people had to go around it in order to get into there buildings.

3-11, reprinted in Navasilu, 11 and 12 (1994) pp. 169-73. Wittgenstein, L. (1953), Philosophical Investigations (Oxford: Basil Blackwell). 1 The Politics of Standardization and the 7 'Special Problematic of (Post)Coloniality INTRODUCTION I must risk two generalizations about language attitudes that taken together describe the environment of consensus which I wish to question in this book. First, just about everyone has an opinion about the issues surrounding standardization, and, second, this 'common sense' (and I should add, 'conservative') view is hardly different from the thinking on the subject by the most radical intellectuals and experts.

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