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Journal Title: English Today
Volume/Issue:   25/3
Date: 2009
Table of Contents: Forms and Functions of English in Multilingual Signage
by Kay McCormick, Rama Kant Agnihotri
pp 11-17

Moodling Beyond Bollywood: e-teaching the Language, Literature and Culture of the Indian Diaspora
by Dorothea Fischer-Hornung, Christiane Brosius, Marianne Hundt, Rajend Mesthrie
pp 18-28

From Beowulf to Bollywood
by Kingsley Bolton, David Graddol, Rajend Mesthrie
pp 2-2

'You could say that': the generic second-person pronoun in modern English
by Roger Berry
pp 29-34

J. R. R. Tolkien and the art of translating English into English
by Ross Smith
pp 3-11

Expanding the tomato controversy: an exploratory study of the perception of standard British and American English in Portugal
by Rita Queiroz de Barros
pp 35-40

Learning English in corporate China
by Tian bo Li, Gillian Moreira
pp 41-48

The importance of English communication skills in multilingual settings in Southern Africa
by Ingrid Mina Fandrych
pp 49-55

There's no easy way
by Alexander Tulloch
pp 56-58

Conference Report: The linguistics of English – setting the agenda
by Bernd Kortmann, Monika Edith Schulz
pp 59-62

Letter from Chicago
by Kimberly Sanford
pp 63-64

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
LL Issue: 20.2668