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The Handbook of World Englishes is a collection of newly commissioned articles focusing on selected critical dimensions and case studies of the theoretical, ideological, applied and pedagogical issues related to English as it is spoken around the world.

  • Represents the cross-cultural and international contextualization of the English language
  • Articulates the visions of scholars from major varieties of world Englishes – African, Asian, European, and North and South American
  • Discusses topics including the sociolinguistic contexts of varieties of English in the inner, outer, and expanding circles of its users; the ranges of functional domains in which these varieties are used; the place of English in language policies and language planning; and debates about English as a cause of language death, murder and suicide.
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"The appetite of many language scholars and students will be satiated with this collection of papers devoted to the exploration of 'World Englishes' … .[The book] displays for the most part: accessibility; authority; contemporaneity and interdisciplinarity." (Language Policy, August 2007)

“A milestone in the study of World Englishes.” (Linguistics)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405188319
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Series: Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics Series, #48
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Braj B. Kachru is Centre for Advanced Study Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is co-founder and co-editor of the journal World Englishes, published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Yamuna Kachru is Professor Emerita in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has authored and edited over a dozen books and monographs and published over a hundred papers and reviews on South Asian languages, cross-cultural discourse, and communicative styles in world Englishes.

Cecil L. Nelson is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at Indiana State University, Terre Haute. He is the review editor of the journal World Englishes and co-authored, with Yamuna Kachru, World Englishes in Asian Contexts (2006).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables.

List of Contributors.


Introduction: The World of World Englishes: Braj B. Kachru (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Yamuna Kachru (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Cecil L. Nelson (Indiana State University).

Part I: The Historical Context:.

1. The Beginnings: Robert D. King (University of Texas, Austin).

First Diaspora.

2. First Steps: Wales and Ireland: Robert D. King (University of Texas, Austin).

3. English in Scotland: Fiona Douglas (University of Leeds).

Second Diaspora.

4. English in North America: Edgar W. Schneider (University of Regensburg).

5. English in Australia and New Zealand: Scott F. Kiesling (University of Pittsburgh).

Third Diaspora.

6. South Asian Englishes: Ravinder Gargesh (University of Delhi).

7. East Asian Englishes: Nobuyuki Honna (Aoyama Gakuin University).

8. Southeast Asian Englishes: Maria Lourdes S. Bautista and Andrew B. Gonzalez (both De La Salle University).

9. South American Englishes: Kanavillil Rajagopalan (State University at Campinas, Brazil).

10. South African Englishes: Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu (Howard University).

11. West African Englishes: Tope Omoniyi (Roehampton University).

12. East African Englishes: Josef Schmied (Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany).

13. Caribbean Englishes: Michael Aceto (East Carolina University).

14. Euro-Englishes: Marko Modiano (Stokholm, Sweden).

Fourth Diaspora.

15. World Englishes Today: Kingsley Bolton (Stockholm University).

Part II: Variational Contexts:.

16. Contact Linguistics and World Englishes: Rajend Mesthrie (University of Cape Town).

17. Varieties of World Englishes: Kingsley Bolton (Stockholm University).

18. Pidgins and Creoles: Salikoko S. Mufwene (University of Chicago).

19. African American Englishes: Walt Wolfram (North Carolina State University).

Part III: Acculturation:.

20. Written Language, Standard Language, Global Language: M. A. K. Halliday (Fairlight, Australia).

21. Speaking and Writing in World Englishes: Yamuna Kachru (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

22. Genres and Styles in World Englishes: Vijay K. Bhatia (City University of Hong Kong).

Part IV: Crossing Borders:.

23. Literary Creativity in World Englishes: Edwin Thumboo (National University of Singapore).

24. World Englishes and Issues of Intelligibility: Larry E. Smith (Christopher, Smith & Associates) and Cecil L. Nelson (Indiana State University).

25. World Englishes and Culture Wars: Braj B. Kachru (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

Part V: Grammar Wars and Standards:.

26. Grammar Wars: 17th and 18th Century England: Linda C. Mitchell (San Jose State University).

27. Grammar Wars: The United States: John Algeo (University of Georgia).

28. World Englishes and Descriptive Grammars: Daniel R. Davis (University of Michigan, Dearborn).

Part VI: Ideology, Identity and Constructs:.

29. Colonial/Postcolonial Critique: The Challenge from World Englishes: Pradeep A. Dhillon (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

30. Cultural Studies and Discursive Constructions of World Englishes: Wimal Dissanayake (Kailua, Hawaii).

31. World Englishes and Gender Identities: Tamara M. Valentine (University of Nevada, Reno).

Part VII: World Englishes and Globalization:.

32. World Englishes in the Media: Elizabeth A. Martin (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

33. World Englishes in Global Advertising: Tej K. Bhatia (Syracuse University).

34. World Englishes and Global Commerce: Stanley Yunick Van Horn (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

Part VIII: World Englishes and Applied Theory:.

35. A Recurring Decimal: English in Language Policy and Planning: Ayo Bamgbose (University of Ibadan, Nigeria).

36. Teaching World Englishes: Robert J. Baumgardner (Texas A&M University, Commerce).

37. Models, Methods, and Curriculum for ELT Preparation: Kimberley Brown (Portland State University).

38. World Englishes and Lexicography: Fredric Dolezal (University of Georgia).

39. World Englishes and Test Construction: Fred Davidson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

40. World Englishes and Communicative Competence: Margie Berns (Purdue University).

Part IX: Resources on World Englishes:.

41. World Englishes and Corpora Studies: Gerald Nelson (University College London).

42. Comparing World Englishes: A Research Guide: Helen Fallon (National University of Ireland, Maynooth).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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