Lexical Innovation in World Englishes: Cross-fertilization and Evolving Paradigms, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Lexical Innovation in World Englishes

Cross-fertilization and Evolving Paradigms, 1st Edition

By Patrizia Anesa


160 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Lexical Innovation in World Englishes contributes to the investigation of World Englishes by offering insights into the lexical developments of selected English varieties and their cross-fertilization potential. Taking a theoretical and empirical approach and focusing on neological formations, this book:

  • discusses and problematizes different categorizations of English varieties and processes of word formation, considering the expansion of English across the world;
  • draws on authentic examples taken from language corpora to gain a finer understanding of the varieties’ transformations and of their reciprocal influences from a lexical perspective;
  • aims to validate general considerations on the lexical features of these varieties of English and test them using corpora.

Including eight empirical case studies, this innovative text shows the importance of investigating lexical developments to observe the evolution of a variety while arguing for the need to go beyond a purely structuralist approach and to include a broader discursive and sociological perspective. Lexical Innovation in World Englishes is key reading for postgraduate students and researchers in the fields of World Englishes and language varieties.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments List of abbreviations Part 1 1 Introduction 2 Investigating English and Englishes Part 2 3 Lexical developments 4 Word-formation processes 5 Methodological approach Part 3 6 Case studies 7 Conclusions Appendix 1 Appendix 2 References Index

About the Author

Patrizia Anesa is a lecturer at the University of Bergamo, Italy.

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Routledge Focus on Linguistics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Morphology