The Fall of Language in the Age of English - 9780231163026

Product Details

  • Product code: AZRNF
  • ISBN: 9780231163026
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 23.7cm x 15.5cm
  • Pages: 240
  • Publish date: 30/01/2015

The Fall of Language in the Age of English (Hardback)

The Fall of Language in the Age of English - 9780231163026

Minae Mizumura


  • Our price £32.95
Quantity

Add to wish list
Winner of the Kobayashi Hideo Award, The Fall of Language in the Age of English lays bare the struggle to retain the brilliance of one's own language in this period of English-language dominance. Born in Tokyo but raised and educated in the United States, Minae Mizumura acknowledges the value of a universal language in the pursuit of knowledge yet also embraces the different ways of understanding offered by multiple tongues. She warns against losing this precious diversity. Universal languages have always played a pivotal role in advancing human societies, Mizumura shows, but in the globalized world of the Internet, English is fast becoming the sole common language of humanity. The process is unstoppable, and striving for total language equality is delusional-and yet, particular kinds of knowledge can be gained only through writings in specific languages. Mizumura calls these writings "texts" and their ultimate form "literature." Only through literature and, more fundamentally, through the diverse languages that give birth to a variety of literatures, can we nurture and enrich humanity. Incorporating her own experiences as a writer and a lover of language and embedding a parallel history of Japanese, Mizumura offers an intimate look at the phenomena of individual and national expression.

Share The Fall of Language in the Age of English on Pinterest

Product Details

  • Product code: AZRNF
  • ISBN: 9780231163026
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 23.7cm x 15.5cm
  • Pages: 240
  • Publish date: 30/01/2015

Reviews

Help our customers make the best choices by telling everyone what you think about this product.

There are currently no customer reviews for this product. Why not be the first?

Rate & Review
  • Our price £32.95
Quantity