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Title: From International to Local English - And Back Again
Edited By: Roberta Facchinetti
David Crystal
Barbara Seidlhofer
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=430011
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 95
Description:

All languages encode aspects of culture and every culture has its own
specificities to be proud of and to be transmitted. The papers in this book
explore aspects of this relationship between language and culture,
considering issues related to the processes of internationalization and
localization of the English language. The volume is divided into two sections,
complementing each other; the first one (Localizing English) focuses on the
significance of ethnic knowledge, local culture, and tradition wherever English
is used. The second one (Internationalizing English) deals with the degrees
and patterns of internationalization of English deriving from its contact with
diverse cultures and its adaptation to different professional settings and
communicative purposes.

Contents:
- Roberta Facchinetti/David Crystal/Barbara Seidlhofer: Introduction
- David Crystal: The future of Englishes: going local
- Jill Hallett: Code switching in diasporic Indian and Jewish English language
media
- Cristiana Chiarini: Israeli politeness in English: an intercultural perspective
- Wannapa Trakulkasemsuk/Namtip Pingkarawat: A comparative analysis of
English feature articles in magazines published in Thailand and Britain:
Linguistic aspects
- Franca Poppi: Investigating ELF group membership: A case study focusing
on The Baltic Times
- Mara Logaldo: 'Only the immigrants can speak the Queen's English these
days' but all kids have a Jamaican accent: Overcompensation vs. urban
slang in multiethnic London
- Barbara Seidlhofer: Giving VOICE to English as a Lingua Franca
- Marta Degani: The Pakeha myth of one New Zealand/Aotearoa: An
exploration in the use of Maori loanwords in New Zealand English
- Irina Khoutyz: The pragmatics of anglicisms in modern Russian discourse
- Maria Cristina Gatti: A 'persuasive' upturn. Textual and semiotic variations
in the intercultural recontextualisation of financial discourse
- Elisabetta Adami: ELF and sign-making practices on YouTube: Between
globalisation and specificities.

The Editors:
Roberta Facchinetti is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the
University of Verona, Italy. Her research field and publications are mainly
concerned with language description, textual analysis and pragmatics. This is
done mostly by means of computerized corpora of both synchronic and
diachronic English.

David Crystal is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and editor. He is Honorary
Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bangor, received an OBE in 1995
for his services to the study of the English language, and was made a Fellow
of the British Academy in 2000. He has published extensively on English
language and Linguistics.

Barbara Seidlhofer, Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at the
University of Vienna, is the founding director of the Vienna-Oxford
International Corpus of English (VOICE). She has published widely in
international journals on English language, discourse analysis and language
education.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Comparative Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3034300115
ISBN-13: 9783034300117
Pages: 268
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