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World Englishes research in Korea, China, and Japan: A meta-analysis of articles published in World Englishes and English Today

  • The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea
  • Abbr : 사회언어학
  • 2014, 22(3), pp.89-113
  • Publisher : The Sociolinguistic Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > Linguistics

Shim, Young-Sook 1

1가톨릭대학교

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ABSTRACT

The objective of this paper is to provide an overview of research findings on world Englishes in the context of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese societies, based on an analysis of 89 research articles published in two international journals, World Englishes and English Today, between 2005 and 2014. After a careful review of them, the articles were classified into four important topic areas: the local variety, including language users’ attitudes toward it and its linguistic characteristics (36%); other varieties of world Englishes, with subcategories of perception, education, and intelligibility of those varieties (17%); English use in the given social context, further categorized into descriptive analysis and critical analysis of English use (25%); English teaching and learning, including general EFL teaching/learning topics and English- medium instruction (18%); and others (4%). This paper presents important findings surrounding each topic area and further discusses their sociolinguistic implications and suggests future research direction.

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