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Master Thesis

English in Southeast Asian countries

Abstract : As English has constantly been spreading around the world as a global language, it is no longer a language restricted to countries where it is spoken as the first language (mother tongue). Its spread is obviously seen in Southeast Asia, a subregion of Asia which includes eleven multiethnic, multicultural and multilinguistic countries. In the region, English can be classified into two groups: as a second language, or as a foreign language. Particularly, English has developed into new varieties called "New Englishes" such as Singapore English, Brunei English, Philippine English, and Malaysian English. The objectives of this study are to provide overviews of the worldwide spread of English, Braj Kachru's three circle model which describes this spread, and how the eleven countries fit into this model. It also focuses on New Englishes and their characteristics. Finally, the future of English in Southeast Asia is speculated basing on its future in the world and on the current language situation in the region.
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Phuong Tra Vu. English in Southeast Asian countries. Literature. 2012. ⟨dumas-00931949⟩



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