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(Re)Conceptualising language in development: towards demystifying an epistemological paradox

Gegeo, David W. and Gegeo, Karen A. W. (2013) (Re)Conceptualising language in development: towards demystifying an epistemological paradox. The Journal of Pacific Studies, 33 (2). pp. 137-155. ISSN 1011-3029

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Development in non-Anglo-European peripheral societies and minority communities continues to be dominated by an updated but resistant discourse of modernization, and by the expectation that development depends on English. We argue for the demystification of development and English by examining the paradox that an imposed Anglo-European ontology and epistemology as encoded in English results in development failure. We will illustrate our theoretical argument with examples drawn from our ongoing research on language in development in the Solomon Islands over the past three decades.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2014 05:44
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2016 03:37

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