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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.

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The Shetland Dialect

The Shetland Dialect

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Peter Sundkvist
November 30, 2020

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 of...

English in Southeast Asia and ASEAN Transformation of Language Habitats

English in Southeast Asia and ASEAN Transformation of Language Habitats

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Azirah Hashim, Gerhard Leitner
November 17, 2020

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 organisation. In doing ...

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

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

1st Edition

Sarah Buschfeld
December 17, 2019

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...

Australian English Reimagined Structure, Features and Developments

Australian English Reimagined Structure, Features and Developments

1st Edition

Louisa Willoughby, Howard Manns
November 13, 2019

Australian English is perhaps best known for its colourful slang, but the variety is much richer than slang alone. This collection provides a detailed account of Australian English by bringing together leading scholars of this English variety. These scholars provide a comprehensive overview of ...

Folklinguistics and Social Meaning in Australian English

Folklinguistics and Social Meaning in Australian English

1st Edition

Cara Penry Williams
September 19, 2019

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 ...

Investigating World Englishes Research Methodology and Practical Applications

Investigating World Englishes Research Methodology and Practical Applications

1st Edition

Peter I. De Costa, Dustin Crowther, Jeffrey Maloney
June 25, 2019

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 rigour in interpreting prior research, as well as in conducting future research in ...

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

Sven Leuckert
January 29, 2019

Shortlisted for the 2020 ESSE Book Award in English Language and Linguistics This 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

Jette G. Hansen Edwards
November 15, 2018

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 ...

Professional Development of English Language Teachers in Asia Lessons from Japan and Vietnam

Professional Development of English Language Teachers in Asia Lessons from Japan and Vietnam

1st Edition

Kayoko Hashimoto, Van-Trao Nguyen
May 31, 2018

Why has English language proficiency in Japan remained so low in comparison to other Asian countries? Has Vietnam attempted to improve English language teaching because ASEAN has adopted English as its working language? Why do English language teachers struggle with curriculum changes imposed by ...

EIL Education for the Expanding Circle A Japanese Model

EIL Education for the Expanding Circle A Japanese Model

1st Edition

Nobuyuki Hino
March 23, 2018

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 ...

World Englishes Rethinking Paradigms

World Englishes Rethinking Paradigms

1st Edition

Ee Ling Low, Anne Pakir
November 01, 2017

In this book, leading scholars in the field of World Englishes (WE) offer fresh perspectives in re-thinking issues on the use of English as a global language in an interconnected world. Established as a legitimate field of study, WE offers a conceptual framework which has influenced scholarship in ...

Teaching English as an International Language Implementing, Reviewing, and Re-Envisioning World Englishes in Language Education

Teaching English as an International Language Implementing, Reviewing, and Re-Envisioning World Englishes in Language Education

1st Edition

Roby Marlina
September 14, 2017

How do teachers inspire students to learn to appreciate different Englishes? Has anyone tried to teach world Englishes? If so, what do they do and how do they feel about it? Most importantly, do students see the benefits in learning about world Englishes? This book responds to these questions by 1)...

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