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Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience

Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience (Hardback)

By Chow, Rey

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Although the era of European colonialism has long passed, misgivings about the inequality of the encounters between European and non-European languages persist in many parts of the postcolonial world. This unfinished state of affairs, this lingering historical experience of being... caught among unequal languages, is the subject of Rey Chow's book. A diverse group of personae, never before assembled in a similar manner, make their appearances in the various chapters: the young mulatto happening upon a photograph about skin color in a popular magazine; the man from Martinique hearing himself named Negro in public in France; call center agents in India trained to Americanize their accents while speaking with customers; the Algerian Jewish philosopher reflecting on his relation to the French language; African intellectuals debating the pros and cons of using English for purposes of creative writing; the translator acting by turns as a traitor and as a mourner in the course of cross-cultural exchange; Cantonese-speaking writers of Chinese contemplating the politics of food consumption; radio drama workers straddling the forms of traditional storytelling and mediatized sound broadcast. In these riveting scenes of speaking and writing imbricated with race, pigmentation, and class demarcations, Chow suggests, postcolonial languaging becomes, de facto, an order of biopolitics. The native speaker, the fulcrum figure often accorded a transcendent status, is realigned here as the repository of illusory linguistic origins and unities. By inserting British and post-British Hong Kong (the city where she grew up) into the languaging controversies that tend to be pursued in Francophone (and occasionally Anglophone) deliberations, and by sketching the fraught situations faced by those coping with the specifics of using Chinese while negotiating with English, Chow not only redefines the geopolitical boundaries of postcolonial inquiry but also demonstrates how such inquiry must articulate historical experience to the habits, practices, affects, and imaginaries based in sounds and scripts.
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ISBN 9780231151443
Released NZ 1 Oct 2014
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: English)
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ISBN-13 9780231151443
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 20-30 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Columbia University Press
Released 1 Oct 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Chow, Rey
Category Historical & Comparative Linguistics
Ethnic Studies
Politics & Government
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 15mm
Dewey Code 306.44
Weight 368g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Language acquisition - Social aspects, Postcolonialism - Social aspects, Sociolinguists - History
NBS Text Social Studies: General
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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