The third edition of World Englishes provides an engaging overview of the global variations in vocabulary, grammar, phonology and pragmatics of English as it is used worldwide. This book introduces the principles of linguistic variation and provides coverage on the roots of English, the spread of English, variations of English as a second language and trends for the future.
Thoroughly updated throughout in line with recent research, this third edition now also includes:
Offering a thorough and detailed descriptive account of all the main varieties of English across the globe, World Englishes provides a balanced discussion of political issues and the sociolinguistic background to variation in English spoken and written, face-to-face, on paper and online, in the twenty-first century. This book is essential reading for students approaching this topic for the first time.
'I thoroughly recommend the third edition of this excellent introductory textbook on World Englishes. The new edition comes with an expanded set of speaker interviews, adding, for example, speakers from Cork in Ireland to Uganda. This allows readers and listeners to make comparisons between the different varieties of English illustrated here. It is written in an extremely accessible style and will be of great value to undergraduate students of the subject.'
Andy Kirkpatrick, Griffith University, Australia
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
Wells’ Standard lexical sets
Glossary of linguistic terms