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Investigating World Englishes

Research Methodology and Practical Applications, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter I. De Costa, Dustin Crowther, Jeffrey Maloney


204 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138237438
pub: 2019-06-26
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This book provides readers with an in-depth understanding of the methodological tools that have to date been implemented within World Englishes (WE) research.

It serves as a tool to allow for better methodological rigor in interpreting prior research, as well as in conducting future research in this important area of sociolinguistic investigation. This book explores various methodological tools, ranging from corpus analysis to ethnography to questionnaires, demonstrating how such approaches have been used to address a wide range of empirical topics common to WE research. With chapters dedicated to specific methodological approaches and demonstrating these approaches in context, readers are provided with the knowledge necessary to both pursue future empirical inquiry as well as consider existing research from a critical perspective. The book will also explain the similarities and differences that exist between WE and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and English as an International Language (EIL).

Table of Contents

Introduction (Peter I. De Costa)

1. World Englishes, ELF, and EIL (Dustin Crowther and Jeffrey Maloney)

Part I: Methods of Empirical Inquiry

2. Corpus Approaches to World Englishes: A Bird’s Eye View (Sandra C. Deshors and Tobias Bernaish)

3. Ethnography: Connecting the Local to the Global (Jeffrey Maloney and Matt Kessler)

4. The Use of Surveys and Questionnaires in World Englishes Research (Ying-Ying Tan)

Part II: Usage of Methodological Tools in Empirical Research

5. Applying Corpus Methods to Explore World Englishes: A Practical Perspective (Tobias Bernaisch and Sandra C. Deshors)

6. The Use of Ethnography in World Englishes (Matt Kessler and Jeffrey Maloney)

7. On Attitudes, Intelligbility and Perception: Cases of Studies in World Englishes using Surveys and Questionnaires (Ying-Ying Tan)

Part III: World Englishes in the Classroom

8. Addressing Pedagogical Inquiry in World Englishes (Dustin Crowther)

Afterword (Daniel R. Davis)

About the Editors

Peter De Costa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Languages at Michigan State University. His primary areas of research are identity and ideology in second language acquisition. He is the author of The Power of Identity and Ideology in Language Learning (Springer, 2016). He also edited Ethics in Applied Linguistics Research (Routledge, 2016). His work has appeared in AILA Review, Applied Linguistics Review, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Language Learning, Language Policy, Language Teaching, Linguistics and Education, Research in the Teaching of English, System, TESOL Quarterly, and The Modern Language Journal. He recently guest edited special journal issues on scalar approaches to language learning and teaching (Linguistics and Education, 2016; with Suresh Canagarajah), teacher identity (The Modern Language Journal, 2017; with Bonny Norton), study abroad research methodologies (System, 2017; with Hima Rawal and Irina Zaykovskaya), and World Englishes and Second Language Acquisition (World Englishes, 2018; with Kingsley Bolton). He is the co-editor of TESOL Quarterly.

Dustin Crowther is a visiting assistant professor of English at Oklahoma State University, and holds a PhD in Second Language Studies from Michigan State University. He previously completed his MA in Applied Linguistics at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. His research interests include second language pronunciation, the promotion of mutual intelligibility in multilinguistic and multicultural contact, World Englishes, and research methodologies. His research has been published in a wide range of journals, including Studies in Second Language Acquisition, The Modern Language Journal, and TESOL Quarterly.

Jeffrey Maloney is an assistant professor of English at Northeastern State University. He holds a PhD in Second Language Studies from Michigan State University and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. His research interests include language teacher training with technology, computer assisted language learning, and language teacher and learner identity.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in World Englishes

Being one of the fastest developing areas of linguistic research, World Englishes has received increasing attention in the research scholarship. There have been published monographs and books series which focus on various aspects of the spread of English across the world. However, given the burgeoning development in the field and growing demand from researchers and educators for relevant resources, there is a need to update some of the existing research and, more importantly, there is an exigency to extend the research scholarship to areas that have not hitherto received due attention. These are also the research gaps this proposed book series hopes to fill, in particular, the need for rigorous features-based and empirically-driven studies on World Englishes.

This Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics book series will provide a starting point for those who wish to know more about the aspects of the spread of English in the current globalized world. Each volume can cover the following aspects of the study of World Englishes: issues and theoretical paradigms, feature-based studies (i.e. phonetics and phonology, syntax, lexis) and language in use (e.g. education, media, the law and other related disciplines). It will contain a comprehensive bibliography of works published on the particular areas at the end of the book.

The aims of the series are

  • To add to and, if possible, break new ground on the existing research on World Englishes;
  • To explore some new varieties of Englishes that have not been previously documented;
  • To provide rigorous features-based studies on varieties of World Englishes;
  • To investigate the issues and theoretical paradigms surrounding the sociolinguistic aspects of the study of World Englishes;
  • To provide an up-to-date documentation of language in use, in education, and language policy issues in World Englishes.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General