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The sociolinguistics of English as a global language: controversies and debates

Lecturer:Prof. O’Regan

Host:Associate Professor Pan Zimeng

Time: 2:00PM-4:00PM 25/11/2019

Location: Hongyuan 109

Abstract:

Since the end of the Second World War, English has developed into a global language of communication which is used in international institutions, transnational corporations, international centres of finance, international business, hospitality and services industries, and in global academia. It is taught as a foreign language to millions of learners in classrooms across the world, and is more generally used as a lingua franca and means of intercultural communication between speakers of different first languages in global as well as local contexts. The consequence of the global spread of English has been the development of a pluricentric world of multiple Englishes and realizations of English, such as ‘Chinglish’,‘Spanglish’ and ‘Englonesian’, which diverge from native speaker models and norms. In this talk, Professor John O’Regan considers some of the debates and controversies concerning the uses of English around the world and discusses some of the scholarly perspectives on this.