By Mukul Saxena, Tope Omoniyi
This ebook engages with English in globalization, re-examining and re-interpreting the modern contexts of its acquisition and use. The chapters contained during this publication weave jointly 4 inter-related issues that outline the function of English within the international context: the ‘centrality of structure’, ‘relationships of interdependence’, ‘social buildings of distinction’ and ‘reproduction of inequality’.
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We use words in a social context, which serves to help with ‘word recognition’ that Smith (1992) calls ‘comprehensibility’. Speakers of non-native varieties of English have been using their own vowel phonological systems for ages and they have been able to communicate with a fair amount of success across the national boundaries. Difﬁculties of comprehension are sometimes encountered especially when the parties talk quickly, but they are usually quickly resolved, and they seem to be diminishing, partly because the availability of international television via satellite is familiarizing everyone with the existence of other norms.
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The pragmatic model outlined is a hybrid, characterised by ‘divergence’ at the segmental level and ‘convergence’, in some ways, at the supra-segmental level, in order to harmonise the two seemingly opposing tendencies of ‘national identity’ on the one hand, and ‘international intelligibility’ on the other. Such a hybrid form of global pronunciation, it is suggested, will create a synergy that will bind all the three concentric circles (so-called diverse periphery and central communities) together, and will prove to be highly vibrant and truly international.