Everything on its head: How arizona’s structured english immersion policy re-invents theory and practice

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Abstract

The Houyhnhnms rule over a race of creatures called Yahoos, who are human in appearance, but are primitive, brutish and incapable of rational thought. Gulliver resembles the Yahoos physically ‘in every part’, but he is nonetheless profoundly different: he is a Yahoo capable of rational thought. Gulliver gradually learns the language of the Houyhnhnms and discovers that it has no words for lying or deceit. In order to communicate these concepts to the Houyhnhnms, he is forced to construct all manner of distorting circumlocutions to convey ideas that do not exist in the horses’ reality. Thus, to describe the English and other European languages’ words for lying, he uses a negative definition: lying becomes the thing which was not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationImplementing Educational Language Policy in Arizona
Subtitle of host publicationLegal, Historical and Current Practices in SEI
PublisherChannel View Publications
Pages59-85
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781847697462
ISBN (Print)9781847697448
StatePublished - Apr 16 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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