Exploring the Ecology of World Englishes in the Twenty-first Century

Language, Society and Culture

Edited by Pam Peters, Kate Burridge

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Highlights the adaptability of English in contact with other languages, cultures and societies and in diverse regional habitats
  • Examines features of world Englishes in their sociocultural contexts, with studies on in South Africa, the Cocos Island, Singapore, Uganda, China, the Philippines, Micronesia, Australia, New Zealand
  • Appraises lexical and constructional innovations in English
  • Presents fresh empirical evidence to discuss language variation using data from text corpora, speech recordings, social surveys and interviews
  • Brings together an international range of contributors from Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, Uganda and South Africa

The book’s ecological perspective offers a fresh theoretical framework for analysing both outer- and inner-circle Englishes. It investigates the varieties of English spoken as a second language, by bi- or multilingual speakers in South Africa, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines, and by some lesser-known oceanic varieties in Micronesia and Polynesia, revealing the remarkable divergences in the use of common English elements across geographical distances.

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Chapter 1: Exploring the ecology of World Englishes in the twenty-first century: Language, society and culturePam Peters and Kate BurridgeChapter 2: Platform Paper: Reflections of cultures in corpus texts: Focus on the Indo-Pacific regionEdgar W. SchneiderChapter 3 :Reflections of Afrikaans in the English short stories of Herman Charles BosmanBertus van RooyChapter 4: Susmaryosep! Lexical evidence of cultural influence in Philippine EnglishLoy LisingChapter 5: Cultural keywords in Indian EnglishPam PetersChapter 6: Lexicopragmatics between cultural heritage and exonormative second language acquisition: Address terms, greetings and discourse markers in Ugandan EnglishChristiane Meierkord and Bebwa IsingomaChapter 7: Cultural relations? Kinship terminology in three islands in the Northern PacificSara Lynch, Eva Kuske and Dominique B. HessChapter 8: Somewhere between Australia and Malaysia and ‘I’ and ‘we’: Verbalising Culture on the Cocos (Keeling) IslandsHannah HedegardChapter 9: Expressing Concepts Metaphorically in English Editorials in the Sinosphere Kathleen Ahrens and Winnie Huiheng ZengChapter 10: L1 Singapore English: The influence of ethnicity and input Sarah BuschfeldChapter 11: Across three Kachruvian Circles with two parts-of-speech: Nouns and verbs in ENL, ESL and EFL varieties Tobias Bernaisch and Sandra GötzChapter 12: Modality, rhetoric and regionality in English editorials in the SinospherePam Peters, Tobias Bernaisch and Kathleen AhrensChapter 13: Where grammar meets culture: Pronominal systems in Australasia and the South Pacific revisitedKate Burridge and Carolin BiewerChapter 14: Decolonisation and neo-colonialism in Aboriginal educationIan G. MalcolmChapter 15: Modal and semi-modal verbs of obligation in the Australian, New Zealand and British Hansard: 1901-2015Adam Smith, Minna Korhonen, Haidee Kotze and Bertus van RooyChapter 16: Privileging informality: Cultural influences on the structural patterning of Australian EnglishIsabelle Burke and Kate BurridgeChapter 17: The Auckland Voices Project: Language change in a changing cityMiriam Meyerhoff, Elaine Ballard, Helen Charters, Alexandra Birchfield and Catherine I. Watson

A fascinating, expert-studded collection taking its readers on an insightful trip along the shores of the Indian Ocean and the Western and South Pacific, offering a rare holistic view of the relevant Englishes by discussing language use and language structure against the specific closely intertwined ecological, cultural and societal contexts
Bernd Kortmann, University of Freiberg
In Exploring the Ecology of World Englishes in the Twenty-first Century, Peters and Burridge have laid an important foundation for the future of World Englishes research. Although the volume concentrates largely on varieties of English used in the Indo-Pacific, the methods used and the concerns raised are applicable to all varieties of English. Corpora prove to be a flexible resource, not only for traditional foci of World Englishes research, such as morphosyntactic variation, but also for exploring traces of culture enregistered in language. World Englishes research should more carefully consider how the linguistic ecology contributes to the development of varieties of English.
Guyanne Wilson, University College London, English Language and Linguistics
Pam Peters is Emeritus Professor at Macquarie University and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA).

Kate Burridge is Professor of Linguistics at Monash University

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