The Handbook of Asian Englishes

Kingsley Bolton (Editor), Werner Botha (Editor), Andy Kirkpatrick (Editor)

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The first volume of its kind, focusing on the sociolinguistic and socio-political issues surrounding Asian Englishes. The Handbook of Asian Englishes provides wide-ranging coverage of the historical and cultural context, contemporary dynamics, and linguistic features of English in use throughout the Asian region. This first-of-its-kind volume offers a wide-ranging exploration of the English language throughout nations in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Contributions by a team of internationally-recognized linguists and scholars of Asian Englishes and Asian languages survey existing works and review new and emerging areas of research in the field. Edited by internationally renowned scholars in the field and structured in four parts, this Handbook explores the status and functions of English in the educational institutions, legal systems, media, popular cultures, and religions of diverse Asian societies. In addition to examining nation-specific topics, this comprehensive volume presents articles exploring pan-Asian issues such as English in Asian schools and universities, English and language policies in the Asian region, and the statistics of English across Asia. Up-to-date research addresses the impact of English as an Asian lingua franca, globalization and Asian Englishes, the dynamics of multilingualism, and more. • Examines linguistic history, contemporary linguistic issues, and English in the Outer and Expanding Circles of Asia • Focuses on the rapidly-growing complexities of English throughout Asia • Includes reviews of the new frontiers of research in Asian Englishes, including the impact of globalization and popular culture • Presents an innovative survey of Asian Englishes in one comprehensive volume Serving as an important contribution to fields such as contact linguistics, World Englishes, sociolinguistics, and Asian language studies, The Handbook of Asian Englishes is an invaluable reference resource for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and instructors across these areas. Winner of the 2021 PROSE Humanities Category for Language & Linguistics.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHoboken, NJ
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Number of pages909
ISBN (Electronic)9781118791653, 9781118791882
ISBN (Print)9781118791806
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameBlackwell Handbooks in Linguistics


  • Asian Englishes
  • World Englishes
  • Language in society


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