Problematising the Popular Discourses about Language and Identity of Young Adults in Bangladesh

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dc.contributor.author Sultana, Shaila en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-03T01:26:15Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-03T01:26:15Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier 2012002951 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Sultana, Shaila 2012, 'Problematising the Popular Discourses about Language and Identity of Young Adults in Bangladesh', 3L: The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 49-63. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0128-5157 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/23377
dc.description.abstract The prevailing discourses of the print media in Bangladesh critique the way younger generations use English in their everyday Bangla conversations and show an increased concern about the purity of the Bangla language. It is assumed that the younger generations are in the verge of destroying the sovereignty of Bangla with their indiscriminate insertion of English words in Bangla sentences. It is also presumed that the younger generations are subjugated by the colonial legacy of English and consumed by the Western culture, and hence, they fail to maintain the sanctity of Bangladeshi culture and identity. However, acknowledging the political, ideological, and hegemonic role of English and globalisation, this paper problematises these simplistic assumptions. It demonstrates that any view that represents English as a tool of colonisation and neocolonisation or younger generations as responsible for the `language pollution?, somewhat understates the underlying complexities in these discourses. Hence, the paper has two distinct focuses. First, the paper discusses the role of English as a language of colonisation and globalisation in the context of Bangladesh. Second, it analyses the historical, political, ideological, and socio-cultural significance of Bangla in relation to its different regional varieties and indigenous languages. Based on these discussions, the paper finally indicates that the younger generations deserve a deeper understanding of the multifaceted factors that influence their language practices and their locatedness within the local and global linguistic and cultural flows. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon NA en_US
dc.title Problematising the Popular Discourses about Language and Identity of Young Adults in Bangladesh en_US
dc.parent 3L: The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies en_US
dc.journal.volume 18 en_US
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation Malaysia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 49 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 63 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 200200 en_US
dc.personcode 11008467 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Cultural Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Bangladesh; linguistic imperialism; monolingualism; globalisation; young adults en_US
dc.staffid 110394 en_US


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