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3rd Edition

Global Englishes
A Resource Book for Students

ISBN 9780415638449
Published August 8, 2014 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.

Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries, and key readings – all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible ‘two-dimensional’ structure is built around four sections – introduction, development, exploration, and extension – which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.

Global Englishes, Third Edition, previously published as World Englishes, has been comprehensively revised and updated and provides an introduction to the subject that is both accessible and comprehensive.

Key features of this best-selling textbook include:

  • coverage of the major historical, linguistic, and sociopolitical developments in the English language from the start of the seventeenth century to the present day
  • exploration of the current debates in global Englishes, relating to its uses as mother tongue in the US, UK, Antipodes, and post-colonial language in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and lingua franca across the rest of the globe, with a new and particularly strong emphasis on China
  • a range of texts, data and examples draw from emails, tweets and newspapers such as The New York Times, China Daily and The Straits Times
  • readings from key scholars including Alastair Pennycook, Henry G. Widdowson and Lesley Milroy
  • activities that engage the reader by inviting them to draw on their own experience and consider their orientation to the particular topic in hand.

Global Englishes, Third Edition provides a dynamic and engaging introduction to this fascinating topic and is essential reading for all students studying global Englishes, English as a lingua franca, and the spread of English in the world today.

Table of Contents

A Introduction: key topics in Global Englishes

  1. The historical, social, and political context
  2. Who speaks English today?
  3. Standard language ideology in the Anglophone world
  4. Variation across post-colonial Englishes
  5. Pidgin and creole languages
  6. English as an international lingua franca
  7. English in Asia and Europe
  8. The future of Global Englishes


B Development: implications and issues

  1. The legacy of colonialism
  2. The English Today debate
  3. Standards across Anglophone space
  4. ‘Legitimate’ and ‘illegitimate’ offspring of English
  5. Characteristics of pidgin and creole languages
  6. The nature of ELF communication
  7. En route to new standard Englishes
  8. Possible future scenarios


C Exploration: current debates in global Englishes

  1. Postcolonial Africa and North America
  2. Teaching and testing global Englishes
  3. Standards across channels
  4. ‘Sub’-varieties of English: the example of Singlish
  5. Creole developments in the UK and US
  6. ELF and education
  7. Asian Englishes: focus on India, Hong Kong and China
  8. Language killer or language promoter?


D Extension: readings in Global Englishes

  1. The discourses of postcolonialism (Alastair Pennycook)
  2. Who owns English today? (Henry G. Widdowson)
  3. Is language (still) power in the Inner Circle? (Lesley Milroy, Alfred Lee and Dennis Bloodworth)
  4. From language to literature (Chinua Achebe and Ngugi wa Thiong’o)
  5. The status of pidgin languages in education (Samuel Atechi)
  6. The challenge of testing ELF (Jennifer Jenkins and Constant Leung)
  7. Attitudes to non-native Englishes in China and mainland Europe (Ying Wang, Ulrich Ammon)
  8. Looking ahead (Alastair Pennycook)

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Jennifer Jenkins is Professor of Global Englishes and founding director of the Centre for Global Englishes at the University of Southampton.


'I have been using the previous editions in my teaching and found it a great one-stop resource for both students with no prior linguistic knowledge, and linguistic students new to the debates of World Englishes. Students in my Common Core courses particularly appreciate the easy-to-read yet comprehensive approach to the subject, as well as the insightfully designed activities and discussion points. The new edition, Global Englishes, continues this excellent tradition with a much-needed addition to Englishes in China, and timely updates on the rapid and ever changing development of Englishes in this globalized world. It will certainly continue to be one of the most accessible and useful resources for students.' Katherine Chen, Assistant Professor, School of English, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong