Still More Englishes

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This monograph comprises eight papers, most of which originated as presentations given at international conferences or guest lectures. These papers deal with the problematic nature of English as a global language, and discuss what makes texts authentic and reliable for linguistic analysis, Scots in Ulster and in Scotland, forms and functions of English in Southeast Asia, the spread of rhyming slang, and varieties of ELT. The volume concludes with an annotated bibliography of the most important publications ...
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This monograph comprises eight papers, most of which originated as presentations given at international conferences or guest lectures. These papers deal with the problematic nature of English as a global language, and discuss what makes texts authentic and reliable for linguistic analysis, Scots in Ulster and in Scotland, forms and functions of English in Southeast Asia, the spread of rhyming slang, and varieties of ELT. The volume concludes with an annotated bibliography of the most important publications devoted to varieties of English around the world.
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Table of Contents

List of figures
Foreword
Preface
List of Abbreviations
1 Global English (?) 1
The problem 1
English on its way to become a world language 2
The increase in numbers of speakers 3
The growing functions of international English 8
Global English 9
Attitudes 10
The quality of English and educational implications 11
The future of English 12
The effect of English on other languages 13
2 The problem of authentic language 17
Data from varieties with incipient or attempted standardization 21
Language death 27
Dialect 29
Pidgins and creoles 32
Historical texts 34
Literary texts 38
3 Language and nation: linguistic identity in the history of English 48
Historical aspects: Britain and Ireland 49
English overseas 54
Reactions to English in non-anglophone societies 67
4 Ulster Scots - a language? 69
Criteria for 'language-ness' 70
Are Low German and Jamaican useful parallels? 73
The revival and revitalization of minority languages 75
The demographic and sociohistorical position of Ulster Scots 76
The codification and elaboration of Ullans 79
The political implications 82
The present discussion in Northern Ireland (1996-2000) 84
5 Scots - the view from outside 87
The perception of Scots by English speakers 89
The contribution of outsiders 94
6 English in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, The Philippines ... a second or a foreign language? 99
Introduction: ENL vs. ESL vs. EFL 99
The British in East Asia 104
Singapore 107
Hong Kong: from ESL to EFL? 109
Malaysia and the Philippines 110
Indonesia and Vietnam 112
The ESL vs. EFL distinction revisited 113
Linguistic consequences for language-planning and education 114
7 Rhyming slang world-wide: homegrown or imported? 118
The history of rhyming slang in England 126
Rhyming slang transported to Australia and New Zealand 128
The American connection 131
Why have Canada and South Africa remained unaffected? 133
Rhyming slang and the history of English as a world language 133
8 English in Europe - European English? 135
The history of ELT in Europe 136
Influences of English on the indigenous languages 139
Developments and statistics 147
Can recurrent features in EFL varieties lead to nativization? 150
EFL: ESL: EIL revisited 152
9 Varieties of English and language teaching 154
And is it English? 154
Varieties of English 158
Distinctiveness of varieties on individual levels 158
ENL societies 160
ESL societies 161
EFL societies 162
Where do we stand? 163
Consequences for English Language Teaching 164
References 169
App An annotated bibliography of EWL 184
Indexes 228
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