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World Englishes: Rethinking Paradigms

1st Edition

Edited by Ee Ling Low, Anne Pakir

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: An SG Experience vis-à-vis Poetry (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 Ozón)

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)


ISBN 9780367878511

Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge

304 Pages


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.


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