World Englishes: A Resource Book for Students / Edition 2

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Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.

World Englishes:

  • is a comprehensive introduction to the subject
  • covers the major historical and sociopolitical developments in world Englishes, from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to the present day
  • explores current debates in world Englishes from English in postcolonial America and Africa, and Asian Englishes in the Outer Circle, to Creole development in the UK and US, English as a Lingua Franca, and the teaching and testing of World Englishes
  • draws on a range of real texts, data and examples, including articles from the New York Times, Straits Times and The Economist, emails, texts and transcripts of speech
  • provides classic readings by some of the key names in the discipline including David Crystal, David Graddol, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Alastair Pennycook, and Henry Widdowson.

The accompanying website can be found at

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"English as a World Language is an eclectic area of study: its complexity should not be underestimated and the sensitivities which surround it should not be taken lightly. It is in achieving the balance between accessibility and providing a pathway through a complex set of issues which is done so well in the latest edition of World Englishes. Students and lecturers can be assured that they are in good hands with Jennifer Jenkins as their guide through the varied terrain of English as a World Language." Michael Hughes, Senior Lecturer of English Language, University of Kent, UK

"The additional sections on Singlish and English as a Lingua Franca bring to this edition the latest linguistic, sociolinguistic and theoretical developments in the buoyant field of World Englishes. The new content and revised activities - which encourage students to pursue informed and comparative explorations of Englishes across key geo-political sociolinguistic contexts - make this edition a state of the art resource book." Roshni Mooneeram, Head of English Studies, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

"World Englishes provides a wonderful resource for introducing students to this rapidly growing field. It covers most, if not all, of the crucial topics in a clear and well-organized format: history, theory, established Englishes and emerging varieties, linguistic structures, debates on teaching and learning, etc. I particularly like the insightfully designed activities and discussion points, which train students to be active and critical readers, and in turn prepares them for reviewing further literature beyond this text." Katherine Chen, Assistant Professor, School of English, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

"References to materials straight out of everyday life—emails, speech transcripts, newspapers—make the content easily accessible to those interested in English as a world language. Recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415466127
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Routledge English Language Introductions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Jenkins is Professor of English Language at the University of Southampton, UK.

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Table of Contents

Contents cross-referenced x

List of figures and tables xii

Preface to the second edition xiii

Acknowledgements xiv

A Introduction: key topics in World Englishes 1

1 The historical, social and political context 2

2 The origins of pidgin and Creole languages 9

3 Who speaks English today? 15

4 Variation across Outer Circle Englishes 24

5 Standard language ideology in the Inner Circle 33

6 The spread of English as an international lingua franca 38

7 The roles of English in Asia and Europe 44

8 The future of World Englishes 49

B Development: implications and issues 55

1 The legacy of colonialism 56

2 Characteristics of pidgins and creoles 62

3 The English Today debate 66

4 The legitimate and illegitimate offspring of English 71

5 Standards across space 76

6 Native and non-native speakers of English 87

7 En route to new standard Englishes 91

8 Possible future scenarios 97

C Exploration: current debates in World Englishes 103

1 Postcolonial America and Africa 104

2 Creole developments in the UK and US 112

3 Teaching and testing World Englishes 119

4 Emerging 'sub'-varieties 125

5 Standards across channels 134

6 The nature of English as a Lingua Franca 143

7 Asian Englishes in the Outer and Expanding Circles 150

8 Language killer or language promoter? 159

D Extension: readings in World Englishes 167

1 The discourses of postcolonialism Alastair Pennycook 168

2 The status of pidgins and creoles in education Charles Alobwede d'Epie 176

3 Who owns English today? Henry G. Widdowson 183

4 From language to literature Chinua Achebe Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o 190

5 Is language (still) power? Lesley Milroy Alfred Lee Dennis Bloodworth 198

6 Positioning English as a lingua franca Barbara Seidlhofer 206

7 Attitudes to local norms in the Expanding Circle Hu Xiao Qiong Ulrich Ammon 215

8 Looking ahead... David Graddol David Crystal 225

Further reading 235

References 238

Glossarial index 253

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