Language and empowerment
Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62) › 21_Publication in refereed journal › peer-review
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|Number of pages||11|
|Journal / Publication||World Englishes|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2018|
|Link to Scopus||https://www.scopus.com/record/display.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85054481034&origin=recordpage|
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.