He has written and edited several books, including American Earlier Black English (1989, a revised version of his dissertation, published in Alabama), Variabilität, Polysemie und Unschärfe der Wortbedeutung (2 vols, 1988), Introduction to Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Survey Data (1996); Focus on the USA (ed., 1996); Englishes Around the World (2 vols., ed., 1997); Degrees of Restructuring in Creole Languages (ed., 2000); Handbook of Varieties of English (2 vols., ed., 2004); Postcolonial English (Cambridge UP, 2007) and English Around the World: An Introduction (CUP 2011).
He has also published many articles and reviews on the dialectology, sociolinguistics, history, semantics and varieties of English in leading journals, collective volumes, and international handbooks. He has lectured in many countries on all continents, served as a reviewer and advisor for universities, publishers and other academic institutions, and held a variety of academic functions, including Dean of his faculty. He is the editor of the scholarly journal English World-Wide and edited its associated book series, Varieties of English Around the World.
The last few decades have seen an unprecedented growth and expansion of the English language all around the globe – originally as postcolonial heritage in countries such as India, Singapore, The Philippines, Nigeria, or South Africa, but increasingly also outside of such domains, e.g. as the sole working language of ASEAN, the Association of South-East Asian Nations. In close to a hundred countries, mostly in Asia and Africa, new local varieties of English have emerged and become established, so an international traveler is exposed to a bewildering range of new accents and dialects today.
A new sub-discipline of linguistics has grown to investigate these processes and language forms, as well as associated issues of identity expression, multilingualism, language policy and pedagogy, language contact effects, etc. This lecture will introduce the audience to some of these phenomena and new varieties of English, based on a short historical and geographical survey of the processes which stand behind it, a discussion of a few political, cultural and linguistic issues that have been raised in this context, and the presentation and characterization of a few audio and text samples of select varieties in question.