DELTA: Documentação de Estudos em Lingüística Teórica e Aplicada
versão impressa ISSN 0102-4450
LOPES, Luiz Paulo da Moita. English and globalization through a border epistemology: linguistic ideology for hybrid times. DELTA [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.2, pp. 309-340. ISSN 0102-4450. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-44502008000200006.
This paper focuses on English as a language which helps to construct globalization, following principles of a border epistemology. It aims at contributing to the elaboration of a linguistic ideology for the hybrid times in which we live. It is based on a theorization informed by the constructs of Empire, local histories and performativity, making it possible to re-describe the relationship between English and globalization. English is then understood as a border language through which people appropriate global discourses and re-invent local life in their everyday performances. Examples of such uses of English in translinguistic e-mails and in the Brazilian rap are analyzed. By way of conclusion, it is used a logic which acknowledges both the imperial role of English and its transimperial use, which may re-invent local life not as mimicry of global designs, but as the possibility of constructing an anti-hegemonic globalization through innovative linguistic-identity performances on the border fluxes.
Palavras-chave : English; Globalization; Border Epistemology; Linguistic Ideology.