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Routledge Studies in World Englishes

About the Series

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.

21 Series Titles

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English in China Language, Identity and Culture

English in China: Language, Identity and Culture

1st Edition


By Emily Tsz Yan Fong
September 26, 2022

This volume explores Chinese identity through the lens of both the Chinese and English languages. Until the twentieth century, English was a language associated with capitalists and "military aggressors" in China. However, the massive progression of globalisation in China following the 1980s has ...

Chinese English Names, Norms, and Narratives

Chinese English: Names, Norms, and Narratives

1st Edition


By Zhichang Xu
September 15, 2022

This book offers a distinct exploration of Chinese English – which has the largest rising population of speakers in the World Englishes (WE) family. The book focuses on the fundamental issues of ‘names’ and ‘norms’ that are closely related to Chinese English and the ‘narratives’ of the speakers of ...

Philippine English Development, Structure, and Sociology of English in the Philippines

Philippine English: Development, Structure, and Sociology of English in the Philippines

1st Edition


Edited By Ariane Macalinga Borlongan
September 09, 2022

Philippine English is a comprehensive reference work on the history, sociology, and linguistic structure of Philippine English. It offers readers unprecedented access to a synthesis of the last fifty years of research into Philippine English as well as putting forward a new and better understanding...

English in Southeast Asia and ASEAN Transformation of Language Habitats

English in Southeast Asia and ASEAN: Transformation of Language Habitats

1st Edition

By Azirah Hashim, Gerhard Leitner
May 30, 2022

English in Southeast Asia and ASEAN embeds English in its various regional Southeast Asian and political ASEAN language habitats. Addressing the history, developmental stages and contacts with other languages, it provides in-depth information on the region and its political organization. In doing ...

The Shetland Dialect

The Shetland Dialect

1st Edition

By Peter Sundkvist
May 30, 2022

The traditional dialect spoken in the Shetland Isles, the northernmost part of Scotland and Britain, is highly distinct. It displays distinct, characteristic features on all linguistic levels and particularly in its sound system, or its phonology. The dialect is one of the lesser- known varieties ...

Nominal Pluralization and Countability in African Varieties of English

Nominal Pluralization and Countability in African Varieties of English

1st Edition

By Susanne Mohr
October 29, 2021

This book is the first comprehensive analysis of nominal plural marking, its morphosyntax and semantics, across different African varieties of English. Mohr explores the rich diversity in the varieties and how different conceptualizations of the number category are realized across different ...

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

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

1st Edition

Edited By Ee Ling Low, Anne Pakir
August 30, 2021

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 ...

Children’s English in Singapore Acquisition, Properties, and Use

Children’s English in Singapore: Acquisition, Properties, and Use

1st Edition

By Sarah Buschfeld
August 02, 2021

Combining the World Englishes framework with First Language Acquisition methodology, this book investigates children’s acquisition of L1 English in the context of multilingual Singapore, one of the traditional Kachruvian Outer Circle or ESL countries.The book investigates language choice, use, and ...

Folklinguistics and Social Meaning in Australian English

Folklinguistics and Social Meaning in Australian English

1st Edition

By Cara Penry Williams
June 30, 2021

Folklinguistics and Social Meaning in Australian English presents an original study of Australian English and, via this, insights into Australian society. Utilising folklinguistic accounts, it uncovers everyday understandings of contemporary Australian English through variations across linguistic ...

Topicalization in Asian Englishes Forms, Functions, and Frequencies of a Fronting Construction

Topicalization in Asian Englishes: Forms, Functions, and Frequencies of a Fronting Construction

1st Edition

By Sven Leuckert
September 30, 2020

Shortlisted for the 2020 ESSE Book Award in English Language and LinguisticsThis monograph is the first comprehensive study of topicalization in Asian second-language varieties of English and provides an in-depth analysis of the forms, functions, and frequencies of topicalization in four Asian ...

The Politics of English in Hong Kong Attitudes, Identity, and Use

The Politics of English in Hong Kong: Attitudes, Identity, and Use

1st Edition

By Jette G. Hansen Edwards
June 30, 2020

The focus of this book is on the impact of politics on language and identity in Hong Kong. The book is the first study to track real time language attitude changes against a divisive political landscape. It is also the most comprehensive study of language attitudes in Hong Kong to date, taking ...

EIL Education for the Expanding Circle A Japanese Model

EIL Education for the Expanding Circle: A Japanese Model

1st Edition

By Nobuyuki Hino
December 12, 2019

The teaching of English in the Expanding Circle, traditionally called EFL countries, has long been regarded as having no choice but to follow Inner Circle or Anglo-American norms, both in pedagogy and language models. This situation is in sharp contrast with that of the Outer Circle, or ESL ...

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