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Modelling World EnglishesA Joint Approach to Postcolonial and Non-Postcolonial Varieties$
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Sarah Buschfeld and Alexander Kautzsch

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474445863

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445863.001.0001

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English in the United Arab Emirates: Status and Functions

English in the United Arab Emirates: Status and Functions

(p.63) Chapter 4 English in the United Arab Emirates: Status and Functions
Modelling World Englishes

Saeb Sadek

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter outlines a sociolinguistic history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and considers the complexity that this history poses to the postcolonial and non-postcolonial Englishes categorisation. Furthermore, the chapter discusses the status and functions of English in the UAE, and it studies the roles of the English language in the country. Considering these elements, the text applies the EIF Model to the variety and hypothesizes the direction in which the variety is likely to develop. This application suggests that the variety is entering phase 3, and that any further development to the variety is strongly tied to future social and economic developments in the country.

Keywords:   English in the UAE, non-postcolonial Englishes, postcolonial Englishes, language and identity, lingua franca

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