Chinese English: Names, Norms and Narratives

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This book offers a distinct exploration of Chinese English - which has the largest rising population of speakers in the World Englishes (WE) family. Xu focuses on the fundamental issues of "names" and "norms" that are closely related to Chinese English and the "narratives" of the speakers of Chinese English. In addition to current approaches to WE research, this book proposes a novel theoretical and analytical framework based on classical Chinese and Western philosophies. The volume has an empirical basis, drawing upon interview and questionnaire survey data from proficient speakers of Chinese English. It is also based on an extensive review of the relevant literature on both WE and Chinese English, and it draws upon the author's research experience of over two decades on the subject. This is the third research book on Chinese English that the author has contributed to WE literature and it will be a valuable read for students and scholars alike.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages301
ISBN (Electronic)9781315209463
ISBN (Print)9781138630345, 9781032278759
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in World Englishes


  • World Englishes
  • Chinese English
  • Translanguaging practice

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