Language and empowerment

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-531
Number of pages11
Journal / PublicationWorld Englishes
Volume37
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

Abstract

Edwin Thumboo's poem Language as Power, written for Larry and Braj (L&B) provides the central theme for this paper written in remembrance of Larry. The poem is a composition in two movements, engaging readers aesthetically and spiritually. The poem's first movement is more like a hymn, celebrating the power of the Word. The second movement explores the impact of the phenomenon known as world Englishes. The paper concludes with two personal notes: the first explaining how the meaning-making potential of language – what Halliday calls ‘grammatical energy’ – is employed by the poet to immortalize L & B; and the second, how our encounters with Larry's every good endeavor have enriched our lives and made us better human beings.

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Language and empowerment. / Webster, Jonathan.

In: World Englishes, Vol. 37, No. 3, 09.2018, p. 523-531.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review