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The Routledge Handbook of World Englishes

Edited By

Andy Kirkpatrick

ISBN 9780415622646
Published August 20, 2012 by Routledge
728 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of World Englishes constitutes a comprehensive introduction to the study of World Englishes drawing on the expertise of leading authors within the field.

The Handbook is structured in nine sections covering historical perspectives, core issues and topics and new debates which together provide a thorough overview of the field taking into account the new directions in which the discipline is heading.

Among the key themes covered are the development of English as a lingua franca among speakers for whom English is a common but not first language, the parallel development of English as a medium of instruction in educational institutions throughout the world and the role of English as the international language of scholarship and scholarly publishing, as well as the development of ‘computer-mediated’ Englishes, including ‘cyberprose’. The Handbook also includes a substantial introduction and conclusion from the editor.

The Routledge Handbook of World Englishes is the ideal resource for postgraduate students of applied linguistics as well as those in related degrees such as applied English language and TESOL/TEFL.

Table of Contents

Introduction Andy Kirkpatrick  Section 1 Historical Perspectives and ‘Traditional’ Englishes  1. Standardized English: The History of the Earlier Circles Daniel R. Davis  2. Grammatical Variation in the Contemporary Spoken English of England David Britain  3. Phonological Innovation in Contemporary Spoken English Gerry Docherty   4. The Englishes of Ireland: Emergence and Transportation Raymond Hickey   5. The Development of Standard American English Bill Kretzschmar  6. The Englishes of Canada Stephen Levey   7. English in Australia Kate Burridge  8. The Englishes of New Zealand: Migrant and Maori Margaret Maclagan  Section 2: Regional Varieties  9. The development of the English language in India  Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee  10. Sri Lankan Englishes Dushyanthi Mendis and Harshana Rumbukwella  11. East and West African Englishes: Differences and Commonalities Hans-Georg Wolf   12. The Development of English in Botswana: Language Policy and Education Birgit Smieja and Joyce T. Mathangwane  13. Singaporean and Malaysian Englishes: Differences and Similarities Low Ee Ling  14. Periphery ELT: The Policy and Practice of English Teaching in the Philippines Isabel Martin   15. East Asian Englishes: Japan and Korea Yuko Takeshita   16. Chinese Englishes: A Future Power?  Marc Xu Zhichang  17. Slavic Englishes: Education or Culture?  Zoya Proshina   18. West Indian Englishes: An Introduction to Literature Written in Selected Varieties Hazel Simmons-McDonald   19. English and English Teaching in Colombia: Tensions and Possibilities in the Expanding Circle  Adriana González   Section Three: Emerging Trends and Themes  20. Lingua Franca English – the European Context Barbara Seidlhofer   21. Developmental Patterns of English: Similar or Different? Edgar Schneider  22. Variation Across Englishes: Phonology David Deterding  23. Variation Across Englishes: Syntax  Bernd Kortmann  24. Mixed Codes and /or Varieties of English?  James McLellan  25. Semantics and Pragmatic Conceptualisations Within An Emerging Variety: Persian English Farzad Sharifian   Section 4: Contemporary Contexts, Functions and Variables  26. ‘In Defence of Foreigness’  Ha Jin   27. ‘Writing in Englishes’ Tope Omoniyi   28. On-line Englishes Mark Warschauer, Rebecca Black, and Yen-Lin Chou  29. The Englishes of Business  Catherine Nickerson   30. Englishes in Advertising Azirah Hashi  31. The Englishes of Popular Cultures  Andrew Moody  32. Thank You for Calling: Asian Englishes and ‘Native-like’ Performance in Asian Call Centres Kingsley Bolton  Section 5: Debates and Pedagogical Implications  33. Which Norms in Everyday Practice – and Why? Ruanni Tupas   34. Construing Meaning in World Englishes Ahmar Mahboob   35. Which Test of Which English and Why?  Brian Tomlinson  36. When Does An Unconventional Form Become an Innovation? David CS Li  37. Academic Englishes: A Standardised Knowledge?  Anna Mauranen, Carmen Pérez-Llantada and John M. Swales  38. Which Language: When and Why? Augustin Simo Bobda  Section 6: The Future  39. The Future of Englishes: One, Many or None? Alastair Pennycook

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Andy Kirkpatrick is Professor of Linguistics at Griffith University, Australia.


"This is an impressive collection of contributions, from acknowledged specialists in the field, to the study of language spread and its concomitant differentiation and variation.  It is well-nigh comprehensive in coverage, dealing with all aspects of variation: historical, geographical, cultural and functional.  It will surely be an essential reference point for scholars for some time to come"

Alan Maley, Visiting Professor, Leeds Metropolitan University

'... a fascinatingly varied collection... I would recommend it to all English teachers. As a wonderful window into the many historical, cultural and functional faces of English, this handbook will help improve their understanding of the phenomenon of World Englishes and English as the lingua franca, and help put their own teaching practices into a global communication context... it is a "time capsule", and will be widely referenced in the future as a source of information and understanding of the status of English in the "past".' - LINGUIST List

"The 39 chapters in this collection are noteworthy no only because of the wide range of subdisciplines treated, but also for the great number of authors from Africa and Asia."
- Manfred Gorlach, Anglia

"[The Handbook] represents a major contribution to the discipline which will be a valuable resource and reference work for readers from a wide range of backgrounds — including historical linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, applied linguistics and literary studies." English World-Wide