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p. 1116. Global Englisheslocked

  • Simon Horobin

Abstract

A major reason for the huge expansion in English speakers was the colonization of America. As the migration process continued throughout the seventeenth century, the discrete dialect boundaries that had existed in England were jumbled up. Consequently, new dialects emerged drawing features from each of the contributing dialects. ‘Global Englishes’ considers the spread of English into America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia, as well as mixed varieties, pidgins, and creoles. It also describes the Kachru model that employs three concentric circles to reflect the different ways in which English continues to gain new speakers. Given this narrative of constant expansion, language mixing, and new dialect formation, what is future for English in the twenty-first century?

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