The future of World Englishes

Dincer A., Yeşilyurt S.

in: World Englishes and Culture in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Education, Servet Çelik,Ekrem Solak, Editor, Vize Publishing, Ankara, pp.245-261, 2020

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Vocational Book
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publisher: Vize Publishing
  • City: Ankara
  • Page Numbers: pp.245-261
  • Editors: Servet Çelik,Ekrem Solak, Editor
  • Erzincan Binali Yildirim University Affiliated: Yes


This chapter focuses on the current situation and trends in the dispersion of English and presents scenarios concerning the likely future of World Englishes (WEs). As explained in the previous chapters, different labels have been used to refer to the dominant position of English over other languages, such as “English as a lingua franca,” “global English,” “English as the language of international communication,” and “world language.” In recent decades, the concept of WEs has been applied to this worldwide use of English, rather than the mentioned terms, which may often be used interchangeably. World Englishes differs from the above-mentioned labels in that it is used, in a broader sense, as an umbrella term for the varieties of English across the world. In addition, it is a term that has been far more frequently applied than others, due to the constant significant and quick transformation of English and the emergence or recognition of WEs. Although English maintains the imperial success it has gained, especially in the last two centuries, thanks to the economic, military, and scientific power of Britain and then the US, the language has not appeared to preserve its traditional intrinsic structures and normative nature. English is likely to maintain its existence together with many different types of the language, or WEs.