Exploring World Englishes
Language in a Global Context
Routledge – 2011 – 240 pages
Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics is a series of introductory level textbooks covering the core topics in Applied Linguistics, primarily designed for those beginning postgraduate studies, or taking an introductory MA course as well as advanced undergraduates. Titles in the series are also ideal for language professionals returning to academic study.
The books take an innovative 'practice to theory' approach, with a 'back-to-front' structure. This leads the reader from real-world problems and issues, through a discussion of intervention and how to engage with these concerns, before finally relating these practical issues to theoretical foundations. Additional features include tasks with commentaries, a glossary of key terms, and an annotated further reading section.
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.
'This is an insightful and multilayered volume which provides a clear and concise introduction to world Englishes approaches to both research and pedagogy.' - Kingsley Bolton, City University of Hong Kong
'This book is an excellent introduction to World Englishes. What distinguishes it from most introductory textbooks in this field is its applied approach… This secures Exploring World Englishes a unique position in the selection of textbooks available in the World Englishes discipline.' - LINGUIST List
'Philip Seargeant’s book deserves a mention in the reading list for any postgraduate sociolinguistic course dealing with the effects of globalisation. For more specific courses on world Englishes it provides an approachable and well-informed core text.' - Philip Riley, JELF
Part 1: English in the World Today Section A: Problems and Contexts Introduction: Defining and Identifying Problems 1. English in the World Today 2. The Context and History of World Englishes 3. Problems for Practitioners in World Englishes Section B: Interventions Introduction: Regulating and Responding to the Language 4. The Global Language Paradigm 5. Codification and Legitimation 6. Policies and Cultural Practices Part 2: World Englishes as an Academic Discipline. Section C: Theory Introduction: Generalising About the Specific 7. World Englishes as an Academic Discipline 8. English as an Object of Study 9. Models and Theoretical Frameworks 10. Naming and Describing the English Language Conclusion: The State of the Discipline. Glossary. Further reading. Task Commentary. References
Philip Seargeant is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at The Open University, UK. He is the author of The Idea of English in Japan, editor of English in Japan in the Era of Globalization and co-editor of English in the World: History, Diversity, Change (with Joan Swann, Routledge and The Open University, 2012).