9780231163033-0231163037-The Fall of Language in the Age of English

The Fall of Language in the Age of English

ISBN-13: 9780231163033
ISBN-10: 0231163037
Edition: Reprint
Author: Mizumura, Minae
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback 240 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780231163033
ISBN-10: 0231163037
Edition: Reprint
Author: Mizumura, Minae
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback 240 pages

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Acknowledged authors Mizumura, Minae wrote The Fall of Language in the Age of English comprising 240 pages back in 2017. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0231163037 and 9780231163033. Since then The Fall of Language in the Age of English textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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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.

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