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Giving English-speaking tongues a name

Title data

Anchimbe, Eric A.:
Giving English-speaking tongues a name.
In: Issues in Intercultural Communication. Vol. 2 (2008) Issue 1 . - pp. 29-44.

Abstract in another language

This article discusses the implications of the names given to varieties of English that were the outcome of British colonial expansion into Africa, parts of Asia, and the Caribbean. It explains the origins of these names, their appropriateness and their currency, and their relevance in the present state of the varieties. What stands out is that, although these names bear certain prejudiced undertones, there seems to be no other standard terminology devoid of controversies. As a solution, though controversial in itself, the article proposes the use of nation-based names, e.g. Indian English, Nigerian English, etc., for individual (national) varieties and the term World Englishes when classifying varieties of the language together. This at least resolves the issue of treating these varieties as though they were sub-standards striving for native standards.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair English Linguistics
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 400 Language > 400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 420 English, Old English languages
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 09:40
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 09:40
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/53742