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After a brief overview of the main developments in the field of World Englishes (WEs) research, particularly with respect to different typologies and models of WEs, as well as advances in methodology, this introductory chapter provides short chapter summaries.
The chapter provides an overview of the developments in synchronic and diachronic corpus-linguistic research into World Englishes (WEs), detailing methodological concerns such as sampling frames, representativeness, corpus size, and statistical modeling on the one hand and the broadening scope of corpus-based research from ENL to ESL and EFL varieties on the other hand. It also surveys areas in which corpus evidence has been applied in the study of WEs (e.g. as a testing bed for models of WEs, for the study of language contact, typology, and change or as a source of evidence for sociolinguistic and pragmatic variation), providing ample illustration from seminal research papers and recent studies in the field.
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.