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Imprisoned in English: The Hazards of English as a Default Language

Anna Wierzbicka


Imprisoned in English is intended for educated readers in general, as well as scholars across a broad range of disciplines. The main idea, reflected in the title, is that in the present English-dominated world, social sciences and the humanities are locked in a conceptual framework grounded in English and that most scholars in these fields are not aware of the need to break away from this framework to reach a more universal, culture-independent perspective on things human. Indeed, they are typically not aware that any problem exists, and resistant to its being pointed out. The book engages wit ... More

Keywords: Anglocentrism, blind spot in social sciences, global English, intercultural communication, English and a conceptual prison, NSM

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199321490
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199321490.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Wierzbicka, author
Australian National University

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