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1st Edition

English in East and South Asia
Policy, Features and Language in Use

Edited By

Ee Ling Low


Anne Pakir

ISBN 9781138359857
Published August 30, 2021 by Routledge
336 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a first systematic and comprehensive account of English in East and South Asia (EESA) based on current research by scholars in the field. It has several unique features. Firstly, it provides a rigorous theoretical overview that is necessary for the understanding of EESA in relation to the burgeoning works on World Englishes as a discipline. Secondly, in the section on linguistic features, a systematic template was made available to the contributors so that linguistic coverage of the variety/varieties is similar. Thirdly, the vibrancy of the sociolinguistic and pragmatic realities that govern actual English in use in a wide variety of domains such as social media, the Internet and popular culture/music are discussed. Finally, this volume includes an extensive bibliography of works on EESA, thus providing a useful and valuable resource for language researchers, linguists, classroom educators, policymakers and anyone interested in the topic of EESA or World Englishes. This volume hopes to advance understanding of the spread and development of the different sub-varieties reflecting both the political developments and cultural norms in the region.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: English in East and South Asia: Context and Issues

Ee-Ling Low and Anne Pakir



Chapter 2: English Language Policy in Mainland China: History, Issues and Challenges

Guangwei Hu

Chapter 3: English Language Policy in Japan: History, Current Realities and Challenges Ahead

Kayoko Hashimoto and Gregory Paul Glasgow

Chapter 4: The Place of English in Korean Language Policy: History, Realities, and Issues

Jamie Shinhee Lee

Chapter 5: English Language Policy in Multilingual India

Tej Bhatia

Chapter 6: English in Pakistan: Past, Present and Future

Ahmar Mahboob

Chapter 7: English Language Education Policy in Sri Lanka: Historical Developments, Current Realities and Future Challenges

Indika Liyanage



Chapter 8: Features of Chinese English

Rong Yang, Ran Ao and Ee Ling Low

Chapter 9: Features of Japanese English

Jim D’Angelo, Toshiko Yamaguchi and Yasuhiro Fujiwara

Chapter 10: Emerging Patterns of Korean English

Jieun Kiaer and Hyejeong Ahn

Chapter 11: Indian English: Features and Development

Pingali Sailaja

Chapter 12: Features of Sri Lankan English

Tobias Bernaisch



Chapter 13: Exploring the Use of English in Chinese Social Media

Zhichang Xu and Danya Zhang

Chapter 14: Using English as Identity Markers in Japanese Popular Music: J-pop and Beyond

James Stanlaw

Chapter 15: English and K-pop: The Case of BTS

Hyejeong Ahn

Chapter 16: English in India's Multilingual Ecology: Present-day Use, Users and Usage

S. N. Sridhar and Kamal Meena Sridhar

Chapter 17: English in Pakistan: Language Policy, Features and Present-Day Use

Sham Haidar and Syed Abdul Manan

Chapter 18: Language in Use: The Case of Sri Lankan English

Manel Herat

Chapter 19: English in East and South Asia in the Post-Kachruvian Era

Ee Ling Low

Chapter 20: Works on English in East and South Asia

Ee Ling Low, Anne Pakir, Ran Ao and Rong Yang

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Ee Ling Low is Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Education (Applied Linguistics and Teacher Education) at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Anne Pakir is an Honorary Fellow with the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and was the Associate Vice President of Global Relations at the University before she retired in 2019.