English Across the World

Course title: English Across the World
: Prof. dr. Višnja Josipović Smojver
ECTS credits: 5
elective (4 hours)
Semester: III
: written
Course requirements:
No special requirements
Course description:
The course describes the contemporary varieties of English, including the newly emerged standard Englishes and major substandard ones. It deals with the spreading of English outside Europe and covers topics such as prestige vs. stigmatized varieties, recent trends in spoken English, lexical variation in the Englishes of the world, English-based creoles, English as a second language, Internet English, and English as a Lingua Franca.

Getting acquainted with the linguistic variation  resulting from the globalization of English and learning to describe it scientifically.

Obligatory literature:

  • Jenkins, J. (2003), World Englishes: A resource book for students. Routledge.
  • Kirkpatrick, A. (2007), World Englishes. CUP.
  • Kortman, B., C. Upton, W. Schneider, K. Burridge, R. Mesthrie, eds. (2008), Varieties of English, Vol.s 1-4. Berlin – New York: Mouton de Gruyter. (= reference)

 Further reading:

  • Britain, D., ed.  (2007), Language in the British Isles. CUP.  
  • Crystal, D. (2006), Language and the Internet. 2nd ed. CUP.
  • Crystal, D. (2011), Internet Linguistics: A Student Guide. Routledge.  
  • Cogo, A. & M.Dewey (2012), Analysing English as a Lingua Franca: A Corpus-driven investigation. London-New York: Continuum.
  • Hughes, A., P. Trudgill & D. Watt (2005), English Accents and Dialects. 4th edn. Edward Arnold.
  • Mesthrie, R. & R.M. Bhatt (2008), World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic Varieties. CUP.
  • Metcalf, A. (2000), How we Talk: American Regional English Today (a talking tour of American English, region by region). Boston – New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.
  • Nagle, S.J. & S.L. Sanders (2003), English in the Southern United States. CUP.
  • Seidlhofer, B. (2011), Understanding English as a Lingua Franca. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Trudgill, P., ed. (1984), Language in the British Isles. CUP.
  • Trudgill, P. & J. K. Chambers, eds. (1991), Dialects of English: Studies in Grammatical Variation. London  Longman.
  • Trudgill, P. & J. Hannah (1985), International English: A Guide to Varieties of Standard English. 2nd ed. Edward Arnold.
  • Wolfram, W. & N. Schilling – Estes (2006), American English. 2nd ed. Blackwell. 


 journals: English World Wide
               World Englishes
               English Today

               Journal of English as a Lingua Franca

Week by week schedule:

  1. Introduction; English as a global language
  2.  the Inner-Outer-Expanding Circles (Kirkpatrick); new Englishes vs. New Englishes
  3. Standard, standardization, multilingualism
  4. British English vs. North American English vs. Australian English
  5. English in the British Isles: standard and non-standard variation
  6. Irish English  – Welsh English – Scottish English
  7. English in Africa
  8. Asian English: introduction, classification
  9. South Asian English
  10. SE Asian and Pacific English
  11. English in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines
  12. Emerging Englises: English in Hong Kong and China
  13. Netglish
  14. Non-native Englishes
  15. English as a Lingua Franca