The sociolinguistics of world Englishes
The first part of the course will discuss the parameters we can use to discuss the varieties of English around the world – historical, sociolinguistic, and structural. It will discuss the Inner Circle (mainly native) varieties, looking at some British-American differences. Then it will look at English where it has no official status in countries like Sweden, and in lingua-franca situations where a majority of users are non-natives. Third, it will look at the Outer Circle varieties (broadly the post-colonial ones), focusing on Indian and Singaporean English. Finally it shall consider political and social implications of and for English and its users in the globalized world.