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The global spread of English, manifest in multiple Englishes around the world, and its role as a global language continue to be dynamically evolving areas of investigation. A range of studies have emerged along related strands of research concerned with the global spread and creation of Englishes (World ...

The global spread of English, manifest in multiple Englishes around the world, and its role as a global language continue to be dynamically evolving areas of investigation. A range of studies have emerged along related strands of research concerned with the global spread and creation of Englishes (World Englishes); the use of English as an additional language, international language, and lingua franca; and the functions of English as the language of globalization mediating global cultural flows. An explicit and implicit corollary of the global spread of English is the contact that Englishes have with other languages and the influences that emerge from this contact.

This Research Topic aims at foregrounding the effects that surface from the interplay of Englishes with other languages. The interaction scenarios may differ widely, ranging from remote language contact (e.g. English influence being mediated) to the presence of English in everyday multilingual practices - both individually (as emerging from multilingual minds) and socially (e.g. English impacting on the communal use of other languages). By showcasing current research that investigates different contexts in which Englishes interact with other languages, this Research Topic aims at furthering our understanding of the processes of language contact and multilingualism in various domains of language use, including their social implications for speakers of Englishes and other languages.

Contributions to this Research Topic may take both micro and macro perspectives on the effects of Englishes on other languages, including:

• Features of language contact that emerge from the influence of English on other languages
• Features of multilingual speech that show interaction with English
• The dynamic interplay of Englishes with other languages, leading to new contact Englishes
• The sociolinguistic impact of Englishes on other languages used in the same social and geographical localities (language planning, language diversity)
• Cultural effects of globalization through the use of English

A range of analytical approaches are welcome, such as:

• Critical discussions on the spread and function of English as a global language (including the analysis of public opinions and discourse)
• Linguistic analyses of the effects of English influence
• Multilingual cognition (the role of English contact effects in multilingual speech)
• Language planning, revitalization and maintenance in the face of English influence
• Englishes reshaped (in contact interaction)

Keywords: World Englishes, Language Contact, Globalization, English Varieties, Multilingualism


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