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December 2019
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The plural form 'Englishes' conveys the diversity of English as a global language, pinpointing the growth and existence of a large number of national, regional and social forms. The global spread of English and the new varieties that have emerged around the world has grown to be a vast area of study and research, which intersects multiple disciplines. This Handbook provides a comprehensive and authoritative survey of World Englishes from 1600 to the present day. Covering topics such as variationist sociolinguistics, pragmatics, contact linguistics, linguistic anthropology, corpus- and applied linguistics and language history, it combines discussion of traditional topics with a variety of innovative approaches. The chapters, all written by internationally acclaimed authorities, provide up-to-date discussions of the evolution of different Englishes around the globe, a comprehensive coverage of different models and approaches, and some original perspectives on current challenges.


'This is a must-read volume! Three of the most eminent researchers on World Englishes achieve the difficult feat of capturing the essential findings of research in this vast field whilst also highlighting its contribution to linguistic theories and methodologies, and introducing some genuinely innovative perspectives.'

Jenny Cheshire - Queen Mary University of London

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