Asian Englishes Today

Kingsley Bolton, Werner Botha, Andy Kirkpatrick

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Since the 1980s, the study of English in the Asian region has developed and expanded, and linguists have been very active in describing the status, functions, and features of various Asian Englishes, including Indian English(es), Malaysian English, Singapore English, Brunei English, Hong Kong English, and Philippine English. This book focuses on “the history and the development of Asian Englishes by discussing various aspects of the macro-sociolinguistic dynamics of English across the Asian region. It provides “areal” or “features-based” descriptions of English in the Outer Circle societies of the Asian region. The book deals with Englishes in Expanding Circle Asian societies and provides a discussion on various aspects of current research on English in the Asian region. The current trend toward English-medium instruction is visible at multiple levels of education, not least including higher education, where many of the regions’ universities are promoting English-medium courses in order to increase their position in world university rankings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Asian Englishes
EditorsKingsley Bolton, Werner Botha, Andy Kirkpatrick
Place of PublicationNew Jersey
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781118791653, 9781118791790
ISBN (Print)9781118791806
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameBlackwell Handbooks in Linguistics


  • Asian Englishes
  • "Three Circles"
  • Foreign Language
  • Asian englishes
  • Outer circle societies
  • Expanding circle asian societies
  • English-medium instructions
  • Macro-sociolinguistic dynamics


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