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Book: News across Five Continents

Chapter: 2. Varieties of English - Concepts and Previous Work

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40227


Chapter 2 gives an overview of previous research in the field of English as a global language, involving both established concepts and outdated or rejected ones. It compares different taxonomies, categorisations, and definitions, and establishes the terminology and theoretical assumptions used in this volume. Furthermore, it describes the development of the English varieties spoken in Kenya and Hong Kong and puts them in their historical as well as current socio-political contexts.

Chapter Contributors

  • Jennifer Fest ( - jfest) 'RWTH Aachen University'