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Investigating World Englishes: Research Methodology and Practical Applications

1st Edition

Edited By Peter I. De Costa, Dustin Crowther, Jeffrey Maloney

This book provides readers with an in- depth understanding of the methodological tools that have to date been implemented within World Englishes (WE) research.

It serves as a tool to allow for better methodological rigour in interpreting prior research, as well as in conducting future research in this important area of sociolinguistic investigation. This book explores various methodological tools, ranging from corpus analysis to ethnography to questionnaires, demonstrating how such approaches have been used to address a wide range of empirical topics common to WE research. With chapters dedicated to specifi c methodological approaches and demonstrating these approaches in context, readers are provided with the knowledge necessary to both pursue future empirical inquiry as well as consider existing research from a critical perspective. The book will also explain the similarities and differences that exist between WE and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and English as an International Language (EIL).


Table of Contents

Foreword: Researching World Englishes (Kingsley Bolton)

Introduction (Peter I. De Costa)

1. World Englishes, ELF, and EIL (Dustin Crowther and Jeffrey Maloney)

Part I: Methods of Empirical Inquiry

2. Corpus Approaches to World Englishes: A Bird’s Eye View (Sandra C. Deshors and Tobias Bernaish)

3. Ethnography: Connecting the Local to the Global (Jeffrey Maloney and Matt Kessler)

4. The Use of Surveys and Questionnaires in World Englishes Research (Ying-Ying Tan)

Part II: Usage of Methodological Tools in Empirical Research

5. Applying Corpus Methods to Explore World Englishes: A Practical Perspective (Tobias Bernaisch and Sandra C. Deshors)

6. The Use of Ethnography in World Englishes (Matt Kessler and Jeffrey Maloney)

7. On Attitudes, Intelligbility and Perception: Cases of Studies in World Englishes using Surveys and Questionnaires (Ying-Ying Tan)

Part III: World Englishes in the Classroom

8. Addressing Pedagogical Inquiry in World Englishes (Dustin Crowther)

Afterword: World Englishes, Methodology, and Points of View (Daniel R. Davis)


ISBN 9781138237438

Published June 25, 2019 by Routledge

200 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations



Peter I. De Costa is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Languages and the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. His primary areas of research are identity and ideology in second language acquisition. He is the author of The Power of Identity and Ideology in Language Learning (2016), and editor of Ethics in Applied Linguistics Research (2016). He is the co- editor of TESOL Quarterly.

Dustin Crowther is an assistant professor of second language studies at University of Hawai’i at Manoa and holds a PhD in second language studies from Michigan State University. His research interests include second language pronunciation, the promotion of mutual intelligibility in multilinguistic and multicultural contact, World Englishes, and research methodologies. His research has been published in a wide range of journals, including Studies in Second Language Acquisition , The Modern Language Journal , and TESOL Quarterly.

Jeffrey Maloney is an assistant professor of English at Northeastern State University. He holds a PhD in second language studies from Michigan State University and an MA in applied linguistics from Ohio University. His research interests include language teacher training with technology, computer- assisted language learning, and language teacher and learner identity.


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