Chapter 23. Unraveling Post-Colonial Identity through Language

  1. Nikolas Coupland
  1. Rakesh M. Bhatt

Published Online: 7 OCT 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch23

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

How to Cite

Bhatt, R. M. (2010) Unraveling Post-Colonial Identity through Language, in The Handbook of Language and Globalization (ed N. Coupland), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch23

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 OCT 2010
  2. Published Print: 6 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175814

Online ISBN: 9781444324068



  • unraveling post-colonial identity through language;
  • contemporary linguistic practices in post-colonial South and Southeast Asia - and in parts of Anglophone Africa;
  • colonial contact and sacred imagined community;
  • three axioms, and sociolinguistic forms - replicating and defining parameters of linguistic etiquette within colony;
  • colonial discourses, actively engaged - teaching virtues of English language and culture to indigenous people;
  • post-colonial identity, agency and awareness;
  • stability of post-colonial Englishes - expressing hybrid identities, secured by forces of globalization;
  • post-colonial identity and linguistic acts of resistance;
  • sociolinguistic indices of post-colonial identity;
  • cultural contact, between colonial and indigenous - and cross-fertilization of languages


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Colonial Contact and the Sacred Imagined

  • Community

  • Post - Colonial Identity, Agency, and Awareness

  • Post - Colonial Identity and Linguistic Acts of Resistance

  • Conclusions

  • References