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6th Edition

International English
A Guide to Varieties of English Around the World

ISBN 9781138233690
Published April 19, 2017 by Routledge
176 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

From Singapore to Scotland, Canada to the Channel Islands, Namibia to New Zealand and beyond, International English takes you on a fascinating journey through the varieties of English spoken around the world. Comparisons across the varieties provide a comprehensive guide to differences in phonetics, phonology, grammar and vocabulary, making this a useful resource for teachers of English as a foreign language and linguistics students alike. This sixth edition has been thoroughly updated to include the following:

  • new sections on the Death of RP, Estuary English, Multicultural London English, the Dublin accent and Fijian English;
  • updated material on RP phonology, New Zealand English phonology, Australian English lexis, North American English lexis and the Northern Cities Chain Shift;
  • revised and updated references and bibliography.

This textbook comes with free-to-download MP3 files at, which demonstrate the different varieties featured in the book – ideal for use in class, at home or on the move. International English remains a key and indispensable resource for teachers and students, and is essential reading for anyone studying varieties of English in a global context.

Table of Contents

  1. Standard English in the world 
  2. English, Australasian, South African and Welsh English
  3. The pronunciation of Northern American English
  4. English and North American English: grammatical, orthographical and lexical differences
  5. Scottish and Irish English
  6. West Indian English and English-based creoles
  7. Lesser-known Englishes
  8. Second language varieties of English


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Peter Trudgill is Emeritus Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and Honorary Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

Jean Hannah is a freelance editor.


'A clear, accessible and well-written guide to the major Englishes of the globe, keeping pace with developments in the field, embracing newly described varieties, yet concise and focussed - the essential starting point for students of varieties of English.'
David Britain, University of Bern, Switzerland

'Ever wonder how English differs from place to place? From the UK to the US, South Africa and Fiji, readers will learn local pronunciations, word choices (gumboots vs. wellingtons), grammatical differences (got vs. gotten), and politeness techniques (thanks vs. please). It’s like taking a trip around the world!'
Sali A. Tagliamonte, University of Toronto, Canada

'This slim volume contains an impressive amount of detail about different forms of English as used around the world. ... Overall, this is an excellent, compact resource with a price which reflects the research it contains.'
Val Hamilton, Freelance reviewer, Nethy Bridge, UK