From International to Local English – And Back Again

by Roberta Facchinetti (Volume editor) David Crystal (Volume editor) Barbara Seidlhofer (Volume editor)
©2010 Edited Collection 268 Pages
Series: Linguistic Insights, Volume 95


All languages encode aspects of culture and every culture has its own specificities to be proud of and to be transmitted. The papers in this book explore aspects of this relationship between language and culture, considering issues related to the processes of internationalization and localization of the English language. The volume is divided into two sections, complementing each other; the first one (Localizing English) focuses on the significance of ethnic knowledge, local culture, and tradition wherever English is used. The second one (Internationalizing English) deals with the degrees and patterns of internationalization of English deriving from its contact with diverse cultures and its adaptation to different professional settings and communicative purposes.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (March)
Contemporary English Cultural Sociology American Language
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 268 pp., 13 ill., 14 tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Roberta Facchinetti (Volume editor) David Crystal (Volume editor) Barbara Seidlhofer (Volume editor)

The Editors: Roberta Facchinetti is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Verona, Italy. Her research field and publications are mainly concerned with language description, textual analysis and pragmatics. This is done mostly by means of computerized corpora of both synchronic and diachronic English. David Crystal is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and editor. He is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bangor, received an OBE in 1995 for his services to the study of the English language, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 2000. He has published extensively on English language and Linguistics. Barbara Seidlhofer, Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna, is the founding director of the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English (VOICE). She has published widely in international journals on English language, discourse analysis and language education.


Title: From International to Local English – And Back Again