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World Englishes

Rethinking Paradigms, 1st Edition

Edited by Ee Ling Low, Anne Pakir


264 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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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 many related disciplines: contact linguistics, postcolonial Englishes, English as a lingua franca, English as an international language, and applied linguistics. This seminal volume will have an excellent balance between theoretical and empirical works focusing on scholarship that has arisen in relation to the Kachruvian Three Concentric Circles model.

This book covers topics such as state-of-the-art review of WE, WE and contact linguistics, post-colonial Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca, English as an International Language, WE and applied linguistics, language measurement and testing in WE, language policy and management, language education and dynamic ecologies, language typology, WE as a new canon, WE and corpus linguistics, WE and multimodalities, and makes predictions about the future of WE. It contains a comprehensive and up-to-date bibliography of major works published in the field.

Table of Contents

A Tribute to Braj B. Kachru (Anne Pakir)

Prelude to Special Essay by Edwin Thumboo (Anne Pakir and Ee Ling Low)

Special Essay on Creativity in Englishes (Edwin Thumboo)

1. Introduction: World Englishes – Rethinking Paradigms (Ee-Ling Low and Anne Pakir)

2. ELF and WE: Competing or Complementing Paradigms? (Jennifer Jenkins)

3. World Englishes: Post-Colonial Englishes and Beyond (Sarah Buschfeld and Edgar W. Schneider)

4. Language Education and Dynamic Ecologies in World Englishes (Neil Murray)

5. Teaching English as an International Language: A WE-Informed Paradigm for English Language Teaching (Aya Matsuda and Paul Kei Matsuda)

6. The Challenges of World Englishes for Assessing English Proficiency (Guangwei Hu)

7. Communications in English as a Lingua Franca (Yasukata Yano)

8. World Englishes and Linguistic Border Crossings (Mario Saraceni)

9. World Englishes and Contact Varieties: Clustering in Substrate Influence (Zhiming Bao)

10.World Englishes and Corpus Linguistics (Gerald Nelson and Gabriel Ozon)

11. Lexicography and World Englishes (Vincent Ooi)

12. Language Policy and Management in World Englishes (Lionel Wee)

13. World Englishes: Current Trends and Future Directions (Kingsley Bolton)

14. Concluding Remarks (Anne Pakir and Ee-Ling Low)

15. World Englishes: Bibliographic References (Ee-Ling Low, Anne Pakir and Ran Ao)

About the Editors

Ee Ling Low is Chief Planning Officer (CPO) and Professor of Applied Linguistics and Teacher Learning at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Anne Pakir is Director of International Relations and Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in World Englishes

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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Subject Categories

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