This course examines ‘English Around the World’, as a first and second language, but also as a foreign language and a lingua franca. The course will discuss the parameters we can use to discuss the varieties of English – historical, sociolinguistic, and structural. We will discuss the Inner Circle (mainly native) varieties, looking at some British-American differences. Then we look at English where it has no official status (e.g. Sweden), and in lingua-franca situations where a majority of users are non-natives. Third, we will look at some Outer Circle varieties, focusing on Indian and Singaporean English. Finally, we shall consider political and social implications of and for English and its users in the globalized world.

Teacher: Peter Sundkvist / Beyza Björkman

Syllabus and application

This course will not be given in autumn 2017.