This text traces the history of English language spread from the 18th to the beginning of the 21st century, combining that with a study of its langauge change. It links linguistic and sociolinguistic variables that have conditioned the evolution and change of English, putting forward a new framework of language spread and change.
Janina Brutt-Griffler, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Alabama. Her research areas include world English, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition and second language writing. Her work has appeared in major English studies journals.
Glossary/Preface 1. Images of English: Writing English as an International Language 2. The Representation of the Social Science: methodology in Linguistics 3. Ideological and Economic Crosscurrents of Empire 4. The Contested Terrain of Colonial Language Policy 5. Access Denied: Containing the Spread of English 6. The Becoming of a World Language 7. Macroacquisition: Bilingual Speech Communities and Language Change 8. The Macroacquisition of English: new Representation in the Language 9. (The) World (of) English: Englishes in Convergence 10. Decentering English Applied Linguistics