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Journal Title: English Today
Volume/Issue:   25/1
Date: 2009
Table of Contents: The history of be fixing to: grammaticization, sociolinguistic distribution and emerging literary spaces
by K Aaron Smith
pp 12-18

Assessing the status of lesser-known varieties of English
by Daniel Schreier
pp 19-24

Exploring discourse on globalizing English
by Alexander Onysko
pp 25-36

It's kuloo tu: recent developments in Kenya's Englishes
by Christiane Meierkord
pp 3-11

World Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca, and the case of Hong Kong English
by Andrew Sewell
pp 37-43

English in China: some thoughts after the Beijing Olympics
by Emily Tsz Yan Fong
pp 44-49

‘English fever’ in South Korea: its history and symptoms
by Jin-Kyu Park
pp 50-57

Graveyard frolics
by Alexander Tulloch
pp 58-60

The law of Hobson-Jobson
by Susan Purcell
pp 60-64

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
LL Issue: 20.861