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World Englishes

2nd Edition

By Gunnel Melchers, Philip Shaw


264 pages

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World Englishes, Second Edition provides you with an engaging overview of the global variations in vocabulary, grammar, phonology and pragmatics of English as it is used worldwide.

It introduces you to the principles of linguistics variation and provides coverage on the roots of English (including Scots), the spread of English, variation of English as a second language, and trends for the future.

Thoroughly updated in line with recent research, World Englishes Second Edition also includes:

  • additional material on small native communities, the anglicization of EU agencies and the effects of media exposure

  • full discussion throughout of internet-mediated communication, such as the language used on Facebook and in chat-roooms

  • descriptions of twenty-first century developing varieties such as China English

  • chapters that begin with a 'focus' question and end with a 'discussion' question to encourage you to reflect on what you are learning, chapter by chapter

  • a revised glossary of technical terms that allows you to revise meanings quickly and easily

  • 20 audio examples of speakers of native and non-native English from all five continents, available for you to download from
  • Offering a thorough and detailed descriptive account of all the main varieties of English across the globe, World Englishes, Second Edition provides a balanced discussion of political issues and the socio-linguistics background to the varieties of English spoken and written, face-to-face, on paper and online, in the twenty-first century.

    Gunnel Melchers is Professor Emerita, Department of English, Stockholm University.

    Philip Shaw is Professor, Department of English, Stockholm University.


    'While it has retained its structure, its accessibility, and user-friendly layout, the second edition with its many additions and emendations takes Melchers & Shaw again to the premier league of introductions to World Englishes.

    Especially praiseworthy are its expansive treatment of lingua-franca English, the growing importance of computer-mediated communication for the globalization of English, and the role of a (potential) Euro-English. The added glossary and the extra sound files (now available on the accompanying website) are now additional assets'.

    Professor Dr Günther Lampert, Department of English and Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Germany

    'Melchers and Shaw have produced an outstanding piece of work in World Englishes and one which is fully deserving of its place as an indispensable addition to the study of English as a national and international language. It is a well-written, engaging, informative and detailed account of English both at home and abroad and belongs on the bookshelf of every student of linguistics. I think that the detailed glossary is brilliant and the addition of "talking points" and exercises makes it an ideal introductory text to the field.'

    Dr Robert Lawson, School of English, Birmingham City University, UK

    Table of Contents

    1. The roots of English
    2. The spread of English
    3. Variation in English
    4. The inner circle
    5. The outer circle
    6. The expanding circle
    7. Beyond the circles
    Glossary of linguistic terms

    About the Authors

    GUNNEL MELCHERS, Professor Emerita, Department of English, Stockholm University, Sweden

    PHILIP SHAW, Professor, Department of English, Stockholm University, Sweden

    Subject Categories

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