LINGUIST List 31.2762

Wed Sep 09 2020

Books: English around the World (Second edition): Schneider

Editor for this issue: Jeremy Coburn <>

Date: 19-Aug-2020
From: Rachel Tonkin <>
Subject: English around the World (Second edition): Schneider
E-mail this message to a friend

Title: English around the World (Second edition)
Series Title: Cambridge Introductions to the English Language
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL:

Author: Edgar W. Schneider
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108425377 Pages: 306 Price: U.S. $ 99.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108425377 Pages: 306 Price: U.K. £ 74.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108442268 Pages: 306 Price: U.S. $ 32.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108442268 Pages: 306 Price: U.K. £ 24.99

The global spread of English has had widespread linguistic, social, and cultural implications, affecting the lives of millions of people around the world. This textbook provides a lively and accessible introduction to world Englishes, describing varieties used in regions as diverse as America, the Caribbean, Australia, Africa, and Asia, and setting them within their historical and social contexts. Students are guided through the material with chapter summaries, discussion questions and exercises, and a comprehensive glossary, helping them to understand different varieties of English. The second edition is substantially updated, including new sections on English as a Lingua Franca, blurring boundaries, and research methods and resources. The book is accompanied by a useful website, containing textual and audio examples of the varieties introduced in the text. Providing essential knowledge and skills for those embarking on the study of world Englishes, this is a timely update of the leading introduction to the subject.

Written for a basic fifteen-week course module, and features lots of pedagogical features (discussion questions, key terms, glossary, further reading, etc)

Draws on the hands-on experience of the author, who has travelled extensively to the places discussed in this book and observed their language and culture

Students are shown how theory can be applied to real-life situations
The audio examples on the web site are clearly explained and interpreted in the book, showing the student which diagnostic features to pay attention to

1. Introduction
2. Basic notions
3. Historical background
4. Language crossing an ocean: old world and new world
5. Settlers and locals: Southern Hemisphere Englishes, transported and newly born
6. Missionaries, merchants, and more: English is useful, English is ours
7. Language development: a general perspective
8. Issues and attitudes
9. Conclusion
Appendix 1. Phonetic characters
Appendix 2. A list of guiding questions on English in any specific region
Appendix 3. How to research world Englishes: sources and methodology.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

See this book announcement on our website:

Page Updated: 09-Sep-2020