World Englishes The Study of New Linguistic Varieties

ISBN-10: 0521797330
ISBN-13: 9780521797337
Edition: 2008
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The spread of English around the world has been and continues to be both rapid and unpredictable. World Englishes deals with this inescapable result of colonisation and globalisation from a social and linguistic perspective. The main focus of the book is on the second-language varieties of English that have developed in the former British colonies of East and West Africa, the Caribbean, South and South-East Asia. The book provides a historical overview of the common circumstances that gave rise to these varieties, and a detailed account of their recurrent similarities in structure, patterns of usage, vocabulary and accents. Also discussed are debates about language in education, the rise of English in China and Western Europe, and other current developments in a world of global travel and migration.

Rakesh M. Bhatt is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois.

History: the spread of English
Structural features of New Englishes I: morphology and phrasal syntax
Structural features of New Englishes II: cross-clausal syntax and syntactic theory
More on structure: lexis, phonology, and optimality syntax
Pragmatics and discourse
Language contact and language acquisition issues in New English research
Conclusion: current trends in the spread of English

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