'While it has retained its structure, its accessibility, and user-friendly layout, the second edition with its many additions and emendations takes Melchers & Shaw again to the premier league of introductions to World Englishes. Especially praiseworthy are its expansive treatment of lingua-franca English, the growing importance of computer-mediated communication for the globalization of English, and the role of a (potential) Euro-English. The added glossary and the extra sound files (now available on the accompanying website) are now additional assets'.Professor Dr Gunther Lampert, Department of English and Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat, Germany 'Melchers and Shaw have produced an outstanding piece of work in World Englishes and one which is fully deserving of its place as an indispensable addition to the study of English as a national and international language. It is a well-written, engaging, informative and detailed account of English both at home and abroad and belongs on the bookshelf of every student of linguistics. I think that the detailed glossary is brilliant and the addition of "talking points" and exercises makes it an ideal introductory text to the field.' Dr Robert Lawson, School of English, Birmingham City University, UK
"World Englishes" provides an overview of English around the world in a single, accessible volume. This book is illustrated with fascinating examples of varieties of English taken from fiction, popular culture, newspapers, and transcriptions of the recordings on the accompanying CD. All the main areas of the world in which English is spoken are represented. This enthralling book includes an introduction to the principles of linguistic variation and sections on the roots of English (including Scots); the spread of English; varieties of English as a second language; English as a foreign language; and future trends. The discussion is informed by the latest research, and offers a lively and entertaining introduction to English around the world. The CD includes speakers from New Zealand, the Shetland Islands and St Kitts, as well as many others.
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