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Transcultural Communication Through Global Englishes
An Advanced Textbook for Students

ISBN 9780367409357
Published June 29, 2021 by Routledge
390 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This textbook introduces current thinking on English as a global language and explores its role in intercultural and transcultural communication. It covers how English functions as a lingua franca in multilingual scenarios alongside other languages in a wide variety of global settings, and the fluid and dynamic links between English, other languages, and cultural identities and references.

The implications for English language teaching (ELT), academia, business, and digital communication are explored. Contemporary research and theory are presented in an accessible manner, illustrated with examples from current research, and supported with discussions and tasks to enable students to relate these ideas to their own experiences, needs, and interests. Each chapter contains activities to help students orientate towards the topic, reflect on personal experiences and opinions, and check their understanding. Additionally, a detailed glossary of key terminology in Global Englishes and Intercultural Communication is provided.

Exploring in depth the links between Global Englishes, Intercultural Communication research, and Transcultural Communication reasearch, this is key reading for all advanced students and researchers in Global or World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), and Intercultural Communication.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables

Preface and outline of the book


List of acronyms

Part I – Core issues in understanding culture, language, and Global Englishes

Chapter 1 – Characterising culture

Chapter 2 – Culture and language

Chapter 3 – Global languages in a multilingual world

Chapter 4 – Global Englishes in a multilingual world


Part II – Critical approaches to culture, language, and Global Englishes

Chapter 5 – Cross-cultural and intercultural communication

Chapter 6 – Culture, language, and identity

Chapter 7 – Language ideologies surrounding Global Englishes

Chapter 8 – Multilingualism in Global Englishes


Part III – Contemporary issues and domains in culture, language, and Global Englishes

Chapter 9 – Trans theories and Global Englishes

Chapter 10 – Intercultural and transcultural communication

Chapter 11 – Culture and language in digital communication

Chapter 12 – Complexity theory, language attitudes, and awareness


Part IV – Teaching and learning culture, language, and Global Englishes

Chapter 13 – Awareness of English-within-multilingualism

Chapter 14 – From communicative competence to intercultural awareness:

Intercultural awareness and transcultural communication through Global Englishes

Chapter 15 – Intercultural language education and Global Englishes





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Will Baker is Director of the Centre for Global Englishes and an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Southampton. Publications include: co-editor of The Routledge handbook of English as a lingua franca (2018), author of the monograph Culture and identity through English as a lingua franca (2015), and co-editor of the book series “Developments in English as lingua franca” (2013–).

Tomokazu Ishikawa is an Assistant Professor at Tamagawa University’s Center for English as a Lingua Franca, Tokyo, Japan and a postdoctoral member at the University of Southampton’s Centre for Global Englishes. He has published on ELF, mainly in relation to multilingualism, language attitudes and ideologies, and ELT.