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English in East and South Asia: Policy, Features and Language in Use

1st Edition

Edited By Ee Ling Low, Anne Pakir

This book provides a first systematic and comprehensive account of English in East and South Asia (EESA) based on current research by scholars in the field. It has several unique features. Firstly, it provides a rigorous theoretical overview that is necessary for the understanding of EESA in relation to the burgeoning works on World Englishes as a discipline. Secondly, in the section on linguistic features, a systematic template was made available to the contributors so that linguistic coverage of the variety/varieties is similar. Thirdly, the vibrancy of the sociolinguistic and pragmatic realities that govern actual English in use in a wide variety of domains such as social media, the Internet and popular culture/music are discussed. Finally, this volume includes an extensive bibliography of works on EESA, thus providing a useful and valuable resource for language researchers, linguists, classroom educators, policymakers and anyone interested in the topic of EESA or World Englishes. This volume hopes to advance understanding of the spread and development of the different sub-varieties reflecting both the political developments and cultural norms in the region.

"The vibrancy of the sociolinguistic and pragmatic realities that govern actual English in use in a wide variety of domains such as social media."


Table of Contents

1. English in East and South Asia: Context and Issues (Ee-Ling Low and Anne Pakir)


2. English Language Policy in Mainland China: History, Issues and Challenges (Guangwei Hu)

3. English Language Policy in Japan: History, Current Realities and Challenges Ahead (Kayoko Hashimoto and Gregory Paul Glasgow)

4. The Place of English in Korean Language Policy: History, Realities, and Issues (Jamie Shinhee Lee)

5. English Language Policy in Multilingual India (Tej Bhatia)

6. English in Pakistan: Past, Present and Future (Ahmar Mahboob)

7. English Language Education Policy in Sri Lanka: Historical Developments, Current Realities and Future Challenges (Indika Liyanage)


8. Features of Chinese English (Rong Yang, Ran Ao and Ee Ling Low)

9. Features of Japanese English (Jim D’Angelo, Toshiko Yamaguchi and Yasuhiro Fujiwara)

10. Emerging Patterns of Korean English (Jieun Kiaer and Hyejeong Ahn)

11. Indian English: Features and Development (Pingali Sailaja)

12. Features of Sri Lankan English (Tobias Bernaisch)


13. Exploring the Use of English in Chinese Social Media (Zhichang Xu and Danya Zhang)

14. Using English as Identity Markers in Japanese Popular Music: J-pop and Beyond (James Stanlaw)

15. English and K-pop: The Case of BTS (Hyejeong Ahn)

16. English in India's Multilingual Ecology: Present-day Use, Users and Usage (S. N. Sridhar and Kamal Meena Sridhar)

17. English in Pakistan: Language Policy, Features and Present-Day Use (Sham Haidar and Syed Abdul Manan)

18. Language in Use: The Case of Sri Lankan English (Manel Herat)

19. English in East and South Asia in the Post-Kachruvian Era (Ee Ling Low)

20. Works on English in East and South Asia (Ee Ling Low, Anne Pakir, Ran Ao and Rong Yang)


ISBN 9781138359857

August 30, 2021 (Forthcoming) by Routledge

336 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations



Ee Ling Low is Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Education (Applied Linguistics and Teacher Education) at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Anne Pakir is an Honorary Fellow with the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and was the Associate Vice President of Global Relations at the University before she retired in 2019.


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