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ERIC Number: EJ1260205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1718-2298
Is English Salvific? Myth-Busting "God's Language"
Harries, Jim
Journal of English as an International Language, v15 n1 p1-16 Jun 2020
From intercultural experience, and following scholarly analysis, this article blows the whistle on the supposed advantages of the development of diverse "World Englishes." While native-speaker English is rooted in biblical faith, global Englishes may not represent either good theology, or good sense. The ongoing popularity of native-speaker English as standard amongst Englishes reflects the inadequacy of prior understandings that all languages are neutral, equally functional, and extra-contextual. Native-agency of colonised people historically having raised English's profile, does not excuse the West from responsibility for subsidising its language globally. English nowadays spreads in a supposedly secular world "as if" it is itself divine, displacing the Gospel of Jesus from its rightful ascendance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kenya
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