Contending with Globalization in World Englishes (Critical by Mukul Saxena, Tope Omoniyi

By Mukul Saxena, Tope Omoniyi

This e-book engages with English in globalization, re-examining and re-interpreting the modern contexts of its acquisition and use. The chapters contained during this booklet weave jointly 4 inter-related subject matters that outline the function of English within the international context: the ‘centrality of structure’, ‘relationships of interdependence’, ‘social structures of distinction’ and ‘reproduction of inequality’.

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The same is true of JE. But is this not true for most North American varieties and Scottish English as well? I wonder why no segmental interference of any kind has ever been reported in respect of native varieties. “978-1-84769-274-0” — 2010/4/28 — 16:17 — page 31 — #49 Globalization and International Intelligibility 31 Let us try to read the following sentence aloud: Englsh bcms ncrsngly mprtnt s a mns f ntrntnl cmmnctn Most of us can effortlessly read the sentence from which all the vowels have been removed.

Bristol: Multilingual Matters. Hülsemeyer, A. ) (2003) Globalization in the Twenty-First Century: Convergence or Divergence. NY: Palgrave Macmillan. Jenkins, J. (2000) The Phonology of English as an International Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Jenkins, J. (2007) English as a Lingua Franca: Attitude and Identity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. “978-1-84769-274-0” — 2010/4/28 — 16:17 — page 21 — #39 Introduction 21 Kachru, B. (1990) The Alchemy of English: The Spread, Functions, and Models of NonNative Englishes.

Both Indian and American speakers of English distinguish between caught and court, but this distinction is lost in British English in the sense that these are homophones in RP. The two words psalm and Sam are homophones in Standard Scottish English. To illustrate my point further, here is an anecdote (Holmes, 2001: 124). A British visitor to New Zealand decided while he was in Auckland he would look up an old friend from his war days. He found the address, walked up the path and knocked on the door.

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