World Englishes: A Resource Book for Students

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 233 pages
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Routledge English Language Introductionscover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students. Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible 'two-way' structure is built around four sections - introduction, development, exploration and extension - which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.
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 the 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, and the best way to teach and test World Englishes
*draws on a range of real texts, data and examples, including articles from the New York Times and The Economist, emails and transcripts of speech
*provides classic readings by the key names in the discipline including Chinua Achebe, Charles Alobwede d'Epie, Ulrich Ammon, David Graddol, David Li, Lesley Milroy, Marko Modiano, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Alastair Pennycook and Henry Widdowson.
The accompanying website can be found at http://www.routledge.com/textbooks/0415258065

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Contents

The historical social and political context
12
The origins of pidgins and creoles
Who speaks English today?
2
Types of variation across Englishes
10
Standard language ideology
17
The internationalisation of English
21
The role of English in Asia and Europe
26
The future of World Englishes
31
Teaching and testing World Englishes
94
Emerging subvarieties
98
Standards across channels
104
Core approaches to English as an International Language EIL
113
Asian Englishes in the Outer Circle
120
Language killer or language promoter?
126
Extension readings in World Englishes
133
The discourses of postcolonialism Alastair Pennycook
134

Development implications and issues
37
The legacy of colonialism
38
Characteristics of pidgins and creoles
43
The legitimate and illegitimate offspring of English
52
Standards across space
59
Native and nonnative speakers of English
68
En route to new standard Englishes
72
Possible future scenarios
77
Exploration current debates in World Englishes
81
Postcolonial America and Africa
82
Creole developments in the UK and US
87
The status of pidgins and creoles Charles Alobwede dEpic
142
Who owns English today? Henry Widdowson
150
From language to literature Chinua Achebe Ngugi wa Thiongo
157
Is language still power? Lesley Milroy Alfred Lee Dennis Bloodworth
165
What does it mean to speak an international variety of English? Marko Modiano Loreto Todd Alan S Kaye
173
Attitudes to local norms David Li Ulrich Ammon
182
Looking ahead David Graddol
191
Further reading
201
References
204
Glossarial index
218
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