World Englishes and Second Language Acquisition

Insights from Southeast Asian Englishes

| University of Mannheim
ISBN 9789027249180 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027266651 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00

Bridging the gap between the fields of World Englishes and Second Language Acquisition, this volume offers an in-depth comparative analysis of two postcolonial varieties of English (Singapore and Malaysian English) and neighbouring Indonesian learner English in order to examine the Outer/Expanding Circle distinction and shed light on the genesis of postcolonial varieties of English. The study identifies and analyses more than thirty linguistic features in the categories phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse, concluding that in spite of clear syntactic differences, the distinction between the Outer and Expanding Circles is gradual rather than strictly categorical, and should rely on current sociolinguistic realities rather than on historical criteria. The volume will be highly relevant for researchers interested in the dynamics of Outer Circle and Expanding Circle Englishes, the structural and sociolinguistic aspects of English in Southeast Asia, or the integration of the paradigms of World Englishes and Second Language Acquisition.

World Englishes and Second Language Acquisition received honourable mention at the 2018 ESSE Book Awards.

[Varieties of English Around the World, G58]  2016.  xviii, 205 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
List of maps, figures and tables
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Historical overview
Chapter 3: English in postcolonial Southeast Asia
Chapter 4: Theories and models for a comparative study of second-language varieties and learner Englishes
Chapter 5: Data & Methodology
Chapter 6: A comparative feature inventory
Chapter 7: Origin of features, register variation, ethnic L1 and learner proficiency
Chapter 8: Implications for postcolonial Englishes and the ESL/EFL distinction
Chapter 9: Conclusion and outlook
“In a series of meticulous corpus-based studies, Michael Percillier investigates dynamic developments in the use of English in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Readers interested in Englishes in South East Asia will appreciate the up-to-date empirical findings. His explorations of the increasingly fluid boundaries between English as a Native Language (ENL), English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language / English as a Lingua Franca(EFL/ELF) will be of interest to the entire World Englishes community.”


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