Devonish, Hubert St.L.
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Department fo Language Linguistics and Philosophy
Language advocacy and 'conquest' diglossia in the 'Anglophone' Caribbean
The Politics of English as a World Language: New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies
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The linguist in the role of language rights advocate can rarely function simply as a technician or as a detached and objective expert. Yet, when invited to participate in discussions about language-related policy by institutions of the state, linguists are being brought in for precisely what is perceived as detached technical expertise. This essay represents an attempt at retrospective reflection on the two pieces of language advocacy involving Caribbean English-lexicon creole languages that the author has been involved in. It tries to cover the theoretical perspective that informed the interventions, the political and social issues at stake and the way in which the desire for a particular outcome fashioned the nature of these interventions.....