How to overcome the institutionalized stigmatization of local language users

Creativity and discourse

Aside from these and the many other examples of studies published in the journals that
explore language as it is employed to take strategic action, it could be argued that world
Englishes itself is a creative interdiscourse, a nexus of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics,
critical linguistics, lexicography, literature and literary criticism, education, commerce and
the voices of everyday life in a globalized world which has resulted in a ‘paradigm shift’
(Bolton 2005), not just in research and teaching in English studies, but also in educational
practice, language policy, literature and the arts, journalism and politics. Its ultimate goal
is not so much to discover or debate about new linguistic forms as to break down social and
intellectual dichotomies (us and them, native speaker and non-native speaker, teacher and
learner, developed world and developing world), to alter relationships of power between
nations and between individuals (Kachru 1986b), to undermine the institutionalized
stigmatization of local language users, and to make available to English users all over
the world the communicative resources, to grapple creatively with the complex political,
social, cultural, religious, environmental and economic issues with which we are faced.

World Englishes, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 467–480, 2010.


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