English Around the World: An Introduction

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The global spread of English has had widespread linguistic, social and cultural implications, affecting the lives of millions of people around the world. This textbook provides a lively and accessible introduction to world Englishes, describing varieties used in places as broad-ranging as America, Jamaica, Australia, Africa and Asia, and setting them within their historical and social contexts. Students are guided through the material with chapter previews and summaries, maps, timelines, lists of key terms, ...

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Overview

The global spread of English has had widespread linguistic, social and cultural implications, affecting the lives of millions of people around the world. This textbook provides a lively and accessible introduction to world Englishes, describing varieties used in places as broad-ranging as America, Jamaica, Australia, Africa and Asia, and setting them within their historical and social contexts. Students are guided through the material with chapter previews and summaries, maps, timelines, lists of key terms, discussion questions and exercises, and a comprehensive glossary, helping them to understand, analyse and compare different varieties of English, and apply descriptive terminology. The book is accompanied by a useful web site, containing textual and audio examples of the varieties introduced in the text, and links to related sources of interest. Providing essential knowledge and skills for those embarking on the study of world Englishes, this is set to become the leading introduction to the subject.

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"... this book provides an excellent and much needed resource for students, teachers, and even established linguists interested in the global spread of English. --Linguistlist.org
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Meet the Author

Edgar W. Schneider is Full Professor and Chair of English Linguistics in the Department of English and American Studies, and Dean of the Faculty for Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Regensburg, Germany.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction;
2. Basic notions;
3. Historical background;
4. Language crossing an ocean: old and new world;
5. Settlers and locals: southern hemisphere Englishes, transported and newly-born;
6. Missionaries, merchants, and more: English is useful, English is ours;
7. Language development: a general perspective;
8. Issues and attitudes;
9. Conclusion.
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