The Emergence Of New Englishes

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The Emergence of New Englishes Maria Nseir The American University of Sharjah The Emergence of New Englishes The world is evolving, and almost everything in it is following that suit. In the recent times, the universe has seen a new crop of languages, resulting from the modification of the existing ones. One of those affected languages is English. New Englishes have stormed the world, and they are spreading quickly. This research paper explores how they emerged and the possible effects of their emergence. The paper also gives an insight on whether they can challenge the standards of English. New Englishes New Englishes refers to the national and regional English varieties spoken in regions where it is not the ‘first language’ (mother tongue) of the largest percentage of the population. They have specific properties of formality that are not apparent to the British or Standard English of America. Their uniqueness borders on their grammatical, phonological and lexical features. Examples of New English are Indian English, Nigerian English, and Singapore English. The term “New Englishes” was widely used in the ‘80s in reference to the non-native sets of English spoken by the early England colonies, namely West Africa, South Asia, East Africa, and South East Asia. The key difference between the New Englishes and the English varieties spoken in countries like Australia and the United States is that they lack any derivation from the settler English. In essence, they have
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