The Handbook of World Englishes
December 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
- Represents the cross-cultural and international contextualization of the English language
- Articulates the visions of scholars from major varieties of world Englishes – African, Asian, European, and North and South American
- Discusses topics including the sociolinguistic contexts of varieties of English in the inner, outer, and expanding circles of its users; the ranges of functional domains in which these varieties are used; the place of English in language policies and language planning; and debates about English as a cause of language death, murder and suicide.
List of Contributors.
Introduction: The World of World Englishes: Braj B. Kachru (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Yamuna Kachru (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Cecil L. Nelson (Indiana State University).
Part I: The Historical Context:.
1. The Beginnings: Robert D. King (University of Texas, Austin).
2. First Steps: Wales and Ireland: Robert D. King (University of Texas, Austin).
3. English in Scotland: Fiona Douglas (University of Leeds).
4. English in North America: Edgar W. Schneider (University of Regensburg).
5. English in Australia and New Zealand: Scott F. Kiesling (University of Pittsburgh).
6. South Asian Englishes: Ravinder Gargesh (University of Delhi).
7. East Asian Englishes: Nobuyuki Honna (Aoyama Gakuin University).
8. Southeast Asian Englishes: Maria Lourdes S. Bautista and Andrew B. Gonzalez (both De La Salle University).
9. South American Englishes: Kanavillil Rajagopalan (State University at Campinas, Brazil).
10. South African Englishes: Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu (Howard University).
11. West African Englishes: Tope Omoniyi (Roehampton University).
12. East African Englishes: Josef Schmied (Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany).
13. Caribbean Englishes: Michael Aceto (East Carolina University).
14. Euro-Englishes: Marko Modiano (Stokholm, Sweden).
15. World Englishes Today: Kingsley Bolton (Stockholm University).
Part II: Variational Contexts:.
16. Contact Linguistics and World Englishes: Rajend Mesthrie (University of Cape Town).
17. Varieties of World Englishes: Kingsley Bolton (Stockholm University).
18. Pidgins and Creoles: Salikoko S. Mufwene (University of Chicago).
19. African American Englishes: Walt Wolfram (North Carolina State University).
Part III: Acculturation:.
20. Written Language, Standard Language, Global Language: M. A. K. Halliday (Fairlight, Australia).
21. Speaking and Writing in World Englishes: Yamuna Kachru (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).
22. Genres and Styles in World Englishes: Vijay K. Bhatia (City University of Hong Kong).
Part IV: Crossing Borders:.
23. Literary Creativity in World Englishes: Edwin Thumboo (National University of Singapore).
24. World Englishes and Issues of Intelligibility: Larry E. Smith (Christopher, Smith & Associates) and Cecil L. Nelson (Indiana State University).
25. World Englishes and Culture Wars: Braj B. Kachru (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).
Part V: Grammar Wars and Standards:.
26. Grammar Wars: 17th and 18th Century England: Linda C. Mitchell (San Jose State University).
27. Grammar Wars: The United States: John Algeo (University of Georgia).
28. World Englishes and Descriptive Grammars: Daniel R. Davis (University of Michigan, Dearborn).
Part VI: Ideology, Identity and Constructs:.
29. Colonial/Postcolonial Critique: The Challenge from World Englishes: Pradeep A. Dhillon (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).
30. Cultural Studies and Discursive Constructions of World Englishes: Wimal Dissanayake (Kailua, Hawaii).
31. World Englishes and Gender Identities: Tamara M. Valentine (University of Nevada, Reno).
Part VII: World Englishes and Globalization:.
32. World Englishes in the Media: Elizabeth A. Martin (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).
33. World Englishes in Global Advertising: Tej K. Bhatia (Syracuse University).
34. World Englishes and Global Commerce: Stanley Yunick Van Horn (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).
Part VIII: World Englishes and Applied Theory:.
35. A Recurring Decimal: English in Language Policy and Planning: Ayo Bamgbose (University of Ibadan, Nigeria).
36. Teaching World Englishes: Robert J. Baumgardner (Texas A&M University, Commerce).
37. Models, Methods, and Curriculum for ELT Preparation: Kimberley Brown (Portland State University).
38. World Englishes and Lexicography: Fredric Dolezal (University of Georgia).
39. World Englishes and Test Construction: Fred Davidson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).
40. World Englishes and Communicative Competence: Margie Berns (Purdue University).
Part IX: Resources on World Englishes:.
41. World Englishes and Corpora Studies: Gerald Nelson (University College London).
42. Comparing World Englishes: A Research Guide: Helen Fallon (National University of Ireland, Maynooth).
Yamuna Kachru is Professor Emerita in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has authored and edited over a dozen books and monographs and published over a hundred papers and reviews on South Asian languages, cross-cultural discourse, and communicative styles in world Englishes.
Cecil L. Nelson is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at Indiana State University, Terre Haute. He is the review editor of the journal World Englishes and co-authored, with Yamuna Kachru, World Englishes in Asian Contexts (2006).
- Represents the cross-cultural and international
contextualization of the English language
- Articulates the visions of scholars from major varieties of
world Englishes – African, Asian, European, and North and
- Discusses topics including the sociolinguistic contexts of varieties of English in the inner, outer, and expanding circles of its users; the ranges of functional domains in which these varieties are used; the place of English in language policies and language planning; and debates about English as a cause of language death, murder and suicide
“The volume is a remarkable work of scholarship and provides a real wealth of data and ideas, which, I am sure, will stimulate further research.” (World Englishes, 2008)
"[This] book offers a wealth of material, especially in establishing the theoretical foundations for a broad range of fields in the study of World Englishes.... A useful addition to the Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics series, and as such it will probably be much valued by many students and scholars around the world." (Journal of Sociolinguistics, February 2009)
"A fascinating selection of papers that comprehensively cover a wide range of topics.... The volume is a remarkable work of scholarship and provides a real wealth of data and ideas, which, I am sure, will stimulate further research." (World Englishes, February 2009)
"The editors of The handbook of World Englishes.... have produced a book that is, certainly, a milestone in the study of World Englishes." (Journal of Linguistics, February 2009)
"[The title] has a nice blend of chapters that are primarily devoted to review of literature and synthesis of theoretical and methodological approaches.... The volume will be of interest to anyone working in English linguistics." (English World-Wide, February 2009)
"The appetite of many language scholars and students will be satiated with this collection of papers devoted to the exploration of 'World Englishes' … .[The book] displays for the most part: accessibility; authority; contemporaneity and interdisciplinarity." (Language Policy, August 2007)
“A milestone in the study of World Englishes.” (Linguistics)"This is a monumental contribution to scholarship and a seminal contribution to the entire field of English language teaching and applied linguistics. I am particularly impressed with the concept of the four diasporas, the wide historical breadth, the international appeal, and the variety of geographical areas considered. It stands alone as the most comprehensive and representative volume and all scholars in languages and linguistics should add it to their reference libraries."
–James E. Alatis, Georgetown University
"An indispensable resource for those fascinated or appalled by
the global power of English today. Authoritative, accessible
chapters unpack the vast panorama of 21st-century world Englishes.
–Elizabeth de Kadt, University of KwaZulu-natal, South Africa
"Bravo! This is an authoritative yet accessible collection of
texts by the top scholars in the important new field of world
Englishes. It is ideally suited for use as a comprehensive course
text of the topic an belongs on the bookshelf of anyone concerned
with the teaching and learning of English as a language of wider
–Sandra J. Savignon, Pennsylvania State University
"This exceptional volume succeeds in capturing, with an
unprecedented array of global voices, the significant theoretical,
applied, and pedagogical dimensions related to the phenomenal
spread of English worldwide."
–Jonathan Webster, City University of Hong Kong