World Englishes in Asian Contexts (Asian Englishes Today) by Yamuna Kachru

By Yamuna Kachru

A entire therapy of the unfold, acculturation, services, and evolution of English in Asia, this publication discusses the problems caused by the creation of English in culturally diversified contexts and the two-way interplay of English and native languages in Asia. it really is necessary for these attracted to English experiences and international Englishes.

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In the same way, English literatures produced in Africa and Asia ‘have both a national identity and a linguistic distinctiveness’ (B. Kachru, 1986b: (c) 2011 Hong Kong University Press. All Rights Reserved. World Englishes today 19 161). Just as American writers diverged from previous literary styles and genres to express new settings and relationships, Outer-Circle authors such as Rao and Achebe exploit linguistic, social and cultural features which allow them to express realities, themes and settings ‘to delineate contexts which generally do not form part of what may be labeled the traditions of English literature’.

From description of the language to evaluation of its impact, formal and functional categories of knowledge are available for analysis or waiting to be brought to light. The concepts and information outlined here will be treated in detail in the following chapters. (c) 2011 Hong Kong University Press. All Rights Reserved. 22 World Englishes in Asian Contexts Familiarity with variation creates awareness among users of all varieties of English to the extraordinary ranges of possibilities for expression by those who can draw on multicultural and multilingual experience.

Non-native, British vs. American, and so on, the patterns that the global spread of English presents are much more complex than such an either-or view can realistically or usefully handle. English has more centres than just America and Britain by now, and as linguists and language learners and teachers, it is important that we study the nature of this ‘various’ language. One useful way of conceptualizing this pluricentricity is to look at the English-using world in terms of three concentric circles, as B.

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