The features of Asian Englishes: Morphosyntax

Werner Botha, Tobias Bernaisch

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This chapter discusses the categorization of Asian English varieties in terms of linguistic features. It overviews some of the current issues that pertain to the features of Asian Englishes. The chapter also discusses theoretical and methodological considerations, which aims to highlight current theorizations of feature studies in the Asian context. This is followed by a discussion of the morphosyntactic features of certain Asian English varieties, where current research on the features of Asian Englishes is examined. The chapter explores the notion of vernacular universals across Asian English varieties. It examines the large-scale typology, as well as variations, in various Asian English varieties, which includes a geographical dimension in the discussion of Asian Englishes features. The chapter provides a brief discussion of potential future areas for investigation regarding the typology. It presents a research on the features of five Outer Circle Asian Englishes: Hong Kong English, Indian English, Malaysian English, Philippine English, and Singapore English.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe handbook of Asian Englishes
EditorsKingsley Bolton, Werner Botha, Andy Kirkpatrick
Place of PublicationNew Jersey
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781118791653, 9781118791882
ISBN (Print)9781118791806
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameBlackwell Handbooks in Linguistics


  • Asian Englishes
  • sociolinguistic issues
  • socio-political issues
  • linguistic history
  • contemporary linguistic issues
  • English throughout Asia
  • complexities of English throughout Asia
  • impact of globalization
  • impact of popular culture
  • Morphosyntax
  • Morphosyntactic features
  • Asian english varieties
  • Linguistic features
  • Vernacular universals


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