Professor Emeritus

Kingsley Bolton is Professor Emeritus in English Linguistics. Kingsley was educated at the University of Kent, Edinburgh University, and Reading University, UK.  His research interests include a wide range of topics related to language and society and English worldwide. Kingsley is currently Co-Editor of the international journal World Englishes (Wiley-Blackwell), anda member of the editorial board of Applied Linguistics Review, Educational Studies, English Today, English World-Wide, and the international book series Multilingual Education (Springer). He has an active and continuing research agenda, much of which focuses on English in the Asian region, English-medium education, and world Englishes.

His publications include a number of books on world Englishes and Asian Englishes, as well as research articles dealing with issues related to English-medium instruction (EMI).


Selected publications

Books and journal special issues:

Bolton, Kingsley. (2003). Chinese Englishes: A sociolinguistic history. Cambridge University Press.

Bolton, Kingsley and Kachru,Braj B. (2006). World Englishes: Critical Concepts in Linguistics. Routledge.

Bolton, Kingsley and Kachru, Braj B. (2007). Asian Englishes. Routledge.

Bolton, Kingsley and Olsson, Jan. (2010). Media, popular culture, and the American Century. National Library of Sweden and John Libbey.

Bolton, Kingsley & Rodney Jones (eds.). 2010. World Englishes and creativity. World Englishes, Special issue 29(4). 452-570.

Bolton, Kingsley. 2013. World Englishes and international call centres. World Englishes, Special issue 32(4). 495-550.

Bolton, Kingsley & Bee Chin Ng (eds.). 2014. English in multilingual Singapore. World Englishes, Special issue 33(3). 307-412.

Bacon-Shone, John, Kingsley Bolton & Kang Kwong Luke. 2015. Language use, proficiency and attitudes in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Social Sciences Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong.

Bolton, Kingsley & Werner Botha (eds.). 2015. English in contemporary China. World Englishes, Special issue 34(2). 169-310.

Journal articles:

Bolton, Kingsley. 2010. Creativity and world Englishes. World Englishes 29(4). 454-465.

Bolton, Kingsley. 2011. Language policy and planning in Hong Kong: Colonial and post-colonial perspectives. Applied Linguistics Review 2. 51-73.

Bolton, Kingsley, David Graddol & Christiane Meierkord. 2011. Towards developmental world Englishes. World Englishes 30(4). 459-480.

Bolton, Kingsley. 2012. World Englishes and linguistic landscapes. World Englishes 31(1). 30-33.6

Bolton, Kingsley & David Graddol. 2012. English in contemporary China. English Today 28(3). 3-9.

Bolton, Kingsley & Maria Kuteeva. 2012. English as an academic language at a Swedish university: parallel language use and the ‘threat’ of English. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 33(5). 429-447.

Bolton, Kingsley. 2013. World Englishes and international call centres. World Englishes 32(4). 495-502.

Bolton, Kingsley & Christiane Meierkord. 2013. English in contemporary Sweden: Policies, perceptions, and multilingual realities. Journal of Sociolinguistics 17(1). 93-117.

Bolton, Kingsley & Bee Chin Ng. 2014. The dynamics of multilingualism in contemporary Singapore. World Englishes 33(3). 307-318.

Bolton, Kingsley & Werner Botha. 2015. Researching English in contemporary China. World Englishes 34(2). 169-174.

Bolton, Kingsley & Werner Botha. 2015. English in China’s universities: Past and present. World Englishes 34(2). 190-210.

Bolton, Kingsley & Werner Botha. 2015. Bibliography of research on English in China. World Englishes 34(2). 283-293.

Bolton, Kingsley and Werner Botha. (2017). English medium instruction in Singapore higher education: Policy, realities and challenges. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Online, 1-18.

Book chapters:

Bolton, Kingsley. 2010a. ‘Thank you for calling’: Asian Englishes and ‘native-like’ performance in Asian call centres. In Andy Kirkpatrick (ed.), The Routledge handbook of world Englishes, 550-564. London: Routledge.

Bolton, Kingsley. 2010b. Constructing the global vernacular: American English and the media. In Kingsley Bolton & Jan Olsson (eds.), Media, popular culture, and the American century, 125-153. Stockholm and London: National Library of Sweden and John Libbey.

Bolton, Kingsley. 2012. Language policy and planning in Hong Kong: The historical context and current realities. In Ee-Ling Low & Azirah Hashim (eds.), English in Southeast Asia: Features, policy and language in use, 221-238. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Bolton, Kingsley. 2012. World Englishes and Asian Englishes: A survey of the field. In Andy Kirkpatrick (ed.), English as an international language in Asia: Implications for language education, 13-26. Dordrecht: Springer.

Bolton, Kingsley. 2013. World Englishes, globalisation, and language worlds. In Nils-Lennart Johannesson,Gunnel Melchers & Beyza Bjorkman (eds.), Of butterflies and birds, of dialects and genres: Essays in honour of Philip Shaw, Stockholm Studies in English, 104, 227-251. Stockholm: Department of English, Stockholm University.

Bolton, Kingsley & Joseph Alvaro. 2015. Political discourse and world Englishes. In Carol A. Chapelle (ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics, 1-5. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bolton, Kingsley. 2016. Linguistic outsourcing and native-like performance in international call centres: An overview. In Kenneth Hyltenstam (ed.), Advanced proficiency and exceptional ability in second languages, 185-214. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Bolton, Kingsley & Werner Botha. 2017. English as a medium of instruction in Singapore higher education. In Ben Fenton-Smith, Pamela Humphreys, Ian Walkinshaw (eds.) English as a medium of instruction in Higher education in Asia-Pacific: Issues and challenges, 133-152. Dordrecht: Springer.

Bolton, Kingsley. 2017. World Englishes: Disciplinary debates and future directions. In Philip Seargeant and Ann Hewings (eds.), Routledge handbook of English language studies. London: Routledge. In press.

Bolton, Kingsley. 2017. World Englishes: Current trends and future directions. In Ee-Ling Low & Anne Pakir (eds.), World Englishes: Re-thinking paradigms. London: Routledge. In press.