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Exploring World Englishes

In this book Philip Seargeant surveys varieties of English existing within the world today, and the debates and controversies surrounding its present forms, functions and status in diverse world contexts. It examines how English has evolved to become a ‘global language’ and looks at the political and cultural history that has influenced this evolution.

Beginning with a discussion of real-life challenges relating to world Englishes that are faced by language professionals – particularly in the contexts of language education and language planning – the book explores and illustrates the ways in which the actual use and management of English, as well as the beliefs and ideologies associated with it, play an increasingly important role in contemporary globalized society.

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Useful Links

Below is a list of websites for organizations and resources which are either discussed in the book or relevant to its content.

Scholarly associations for research into the English language

International Association for World Englishes (IAWE)
The leading association for scholars investigating World Englishes. Its focus is on the forms and functions of varieties of English from diverse cultural and sociolinguistic contexts.

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
One of the main professional associations for those involved in the teaching and learning of English for speakers of other languages.

International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
Another important professional organization for teachers of the English language worldwide.

American Dialect Society
A society dedicated to the study of the English language in North America.

Resources offering examples of or information on English usage around the world

International Corpus of English (ICE)
A corpus of several national or regional varieties of English around the world, which allows for the comparative analysis of world Englishes.

Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English (VOICE)
A corpus of English usage in lingua franca situations. Compiled at the University of Vienna under the direction of Barbara Seidlhofer.

English as a Lingua Franca in Academic Settings (ELFA)
A corpus concentrating specifically on English used as a lingua franca in academic contexts. Compiled at the University of Helsinki under the direction of Anna Mauranen.

Language Varieties website
A site dedicated to ‘non-standard’ language varieties. These include pidgins, creoles, indigenized varieties, regional dialects etc.

Ethnologue: Languages around the World
An encyclopaedic reference work cataloguing the approximately 7000 known living languages in the world.

International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA)
An online archive of recordings of different dialects and accents of English. Founded and directed by Paul Meier, a dialect coach for theatre and film.

Dialects of English (Edinburgh University Press)
The website containing the audio files that accompany the Dialects of English book series. This series provides documentation for worldwide varieties of English.

‘Sounds Familar?’ Accents and dialects of the UK
The British Library’s website about the accents and dialects of the UK.

Timeline of the English language
Also from the British Library, this provides an interactive timeline of the history of English and key texts produced in the language.

Academic journals with a focus on English around the world

World Englishes
A journal which presents theoretical and empirical research studies of English in global contexts, with a strong focus on social, cultural and political issues.

English World-Wide
A journal which presents research on modern varieties of English, focusing particularly on work on the dialectology and sociolinguistics of English-speaking communities.

English Today
A journal offering accessible investigations into all aspects of English language studies.

Journal of English as a Lingua Franca
A journal examining the nature and sociolinguistic significance of the use of English as a lingua franca, and its theoretical implications for work in language policy and education.

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