English in Southeast Asia: Pedagogical and policy implications
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The roles of English within and between the many of the countries which make up Southeast Asia are increasing, and English is constantly being used and negotiated as a mutual means of communication by Asian multilinguals for whom English is an additional language. It is timely, therefore, to consider ways in which these Englishes have been developing, along with the roles English is currently playing. Areas worthy of investigation include the influence of language contact and the motivations for the presence of non-standard forms in these new varieties of English. Given the recent research reviewed in this paper, the criteria by which the use of non-standard forms are classified as characteristic of the particular variety need to be revised. The paper will conclude by considering whether the role of English as a lingua franca in the region has reached its zenith and whether regional language education policy is likely allow the languages of Asia to thrive.
© 2014 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: English in Southeast Asia: Pedagogical and policy implications, World Englishes, Vol.33, (4) 2014, pp.426–438, which has been published in final form at dx.doi.org/10.1111/weng.12105.
Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics