1st Edition

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

Edited By Ee Ling Low, Anne Pakir Copyright 2022
    336 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    336 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.

    'To date, while there have been accounts of different individual varieties of English, English has rarely been explored together in a systematic way as part of a broader region. This volume edited by Ee Ling Low and Anne Pakir has bridged this gap, exploring in depth English(es) in East and South Asia (EESA).'

    - James Chonglong Gu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University