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Introduction: The World of World Englishes


Subject Linguistics

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405111850.2006.00004.x


The Handbook of World Englishes presents essentially - but not exclusively - selected critical dimensions of theoretical, ideological, applied and pedagogical constructs related to the unprecedented spread of the English medium in world contexts. The emphasis of the volume's nine parts and forty-two chapters is on exploring and elucidating topics of the following types: 1  the distinctiveness of the sociolinguistic contexts of varieties of Englishes, their diffusion and location in world contexts; 2  the functional ranges and domains in which such varieties are actually used across cultures; 3  the creative processes that determine the distinctiveness of each major variety at various linguistic levels; 4  the relationship of linguistic creativity to acculturation in distinct sociocultural contexts of Asia, Africa and other parts of the English-using world; 5  the distinction between genetic and functional nativeness, and its theoretical and pragmatic implications; 6  the characteristics of cross-over between canons and canonicities, and devices used for representing such distinctiveness; and 7  attitude-marking love-hate relationships with the medium and their reflections in language policies and language planning in Anglophone societies. One major aim of The Handbook of World Englishes is, then, to represent the cross-cultural and global contextualization of the English ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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