As the most widely documented language in human history, English holds a unique key to unlocking some of the mysteries of the uniquely human endowment of language. Yet the field of World Englishes has remained somewhat marginal in linguistic theory. This collection heralds a more direct and mutually constructive engagement with current linguistic theories, questions, and methodologies. It achieves this through areal overviews, theoretical chapters, and case studies. The 36 articles are divided between four themes: Foundations, World Englishes and Linguistic Theory, Areal Profiles, and Case Studies. Part I sets out the complex history of the global spread of English. This is followed, in Part II, by chapters addressing the mutual relevance and importance of World Englishes and numerous theoretical subfields of Linguistics. Part III offers detailed accounts of the structure and social histories of specific varieties of English spoken across the globe, highlighting points of theoretical interest. The collection closes with a set of case studies that exemplify the type of analysis encouraged by the volume. As attention is focused on innovative work at the interface of dialect description and theoretical explanation, the book is more succinct in its treatment of applied themes, which are given complementary coverage in other works.
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PART I: FOUNDATIONS1. Introduction (Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola & Devyani Sharma)2. The Spread of English (Peter Trudgill)3. Models of English in the World (Edgar Schneider)PART II: WORLD ENGLISHES AND LINGUISTIC THEORYLanguage structure4. World Englishes and Phonological Theory (Christian Uffmann)5. World Englishes and Syntactic and Semantic theory (Vivienne Fong)6. World Englishes and Corpora (Christian Mair)7. World Englishes and the Study of Typology and Universals (Peter Siemund & Julia Davydova)8. World Englishes and Cognitive Linguistics (Frank Polzenhagen & Hans-Georg Wolf)Social context9. World Englishes, Second Language Acquisition, and Language Contact (Rajend Mesthrie)10. World Englishes and Creoles (Don Winford)11. World Englishes, Code-Switching, and Convergence (Barbara Bullock, Lars Hinrichs & Almeida Jacqueline Toribio)12. World Englishes and Sociolinguistic Theory (Devyani Sharma)13. World Englishes and Dialectology (Lieselotte Anderwald)14. World Englishes, Pragmatics, and Discourse (Yamuna Kachru)15. World Englishes and Language Ideologies (Rakesh Bhatt)16. English, Language Dominance, and Ecolinguistic Diversity Maintenance (Robert Phillipson & Tove Skutnabb-Kangas)PART III: AREAL PROFILES17. The Atlantic Archipelago of the British Isles (Karen Corrigan)18. English in North America (Lauren Hall-Lew)19. The Caribbean (Véronique Lacoste)20. Australian and New Zealand Englishes (Laurie Bauer)21. South Asia (Ravinder Gargesh & Pingali Sailaja)22. Southeast Asia (Lisa Lim)23. East African English (Josef Schmied)24. English in West Africa (Ulrike Gut)25. English in South Africa (Bertus van Rooy)26. Isolated Varieties (Daniel Schreier & Danae Perez Inofuentes)27. English as a Lingua Franca in the Expanding Circle (Jennifer Jenkins)PART IV: CASE STUDIES28. On the Intonation of Tonal Varieties of English (Carlos Gussenhoven)29. Emergence of the Unmarked in Indian Englishes with Different Substrates (Caroline R. Wiltshire)30. The Systemic Nature of Substratum Transfer (Bao Zhiming)31. Convergent Developments between 'Old' and 'New' Englishes (Markku Filppula)32. Retention and Innovation in Settler Englishes (Raymond Hickey)33. Embedded Inversion as an Angloversal: Evidence from Inner, Outer, and Expanding Circle Englishes (Lea Meriläinen & Heli Paulasto)34. Canonical Tag Questions in Asian Englishes: Forms, Functions, and Frequencies in Hong Kong English, Indian English, and Singapore English (Sebastian Hoffmann, Anne-Katrin Blass & Joybrato Mukherjee)35. Are Constructions Dialect-Proof? The Challenge of English Variational Data for Construction Grammar Research (Debra Ziegeler)36. Second-Order Language Contact: English as an Academic Lingua Franca (Anna Mauranen)