Cultures, Contexts, and World Englishes

1st Edition

Yamuna Kachru, Larry E. Smith

Published May 8, 2008
Textbook - 234 Pages
ISBN 9780805847338 - CAT# ER47332
Series: ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

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This volume aims to familiarize readers with the varieties of world Englishes used across cultures and to create awareness of some of the linguistic and socially relevant contexts and functions that have given rise to them. It emphasizes that effective communication among users of different Englishes requires awareness of the varieties in use and their cultural, social, and ideational functions. Cultures, Contexts and World Englishes:

  • demonstrates the rich results of integrating theory, methodology and application
  • features critical and detailed discussion of the sociolinguistics of English in the globalized world
  • gives equal emphasis to grammar and pragmatics of variation and to uses of Englishes in spoken and written modes in major English-using regions of the world.


Each chapter includes suggestions for further reading and challenging discussion questions and appropriate research projects designed to enhance the usefulness of this volume in courses such as world Englishes, English in the Global Context, Sociolinguistics, Critical Applied Linguistics, Language Contact and Convergence, Ethnography of Communication, and Crosscultural Communication.


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