Rachel Leow's Taming Babel: Language in the Making of Malaysia PDF

By Rachel Leow

Taming Babel sheds new mild at the position of language within the making of contemporary postcolonial Asian countries. targeting probably the most linguistically diversified territories within the British Empire, Rachel Leow explores the profound anxieties generated by way of a century of struggles to manipulate the polyglot topics of British Malaya and postcolonial Malaysia. The booklet levels throughout a chain of key moments within the 19th and 20th centuries, during which British and Asian actors wrought quiet battles within the realm of language: in textbooks and language study rooms; in dictionaries, grammars and orthographies; in propaganda and mental conflict; and within the very making plans of language itself. each try to tame chinese language and Malay languages ended in disasters of translation, competence, and governance, exposing either the deep fragility of a monoglot country in polyglot milieux, and the basic untameable nature of languages in motion.

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