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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 Japan: The Applicability of the EIF Model

English in Japan: The Applicability of the EIF Model

(p.179) Chapter 9 English in Japan: The Applicability of the EIF Model
Modelling World Englishes

Saya Ike

James D’Angelo

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter considers the case of Japan and its historical involvement with English from the point of earliest contact, through the Meiji Restoration, and analyses the subsequent development of Japanese English (JE) to the present day. It presents a careful discussion of applying Buschfeld and Kautzsch’s EIF Model to Japan, both from the viewpoint of Schneider’s Dynamic Model, and the enhanced perspective offered by the EIF Model. A range of loanwords and morpho-syntactic features are discussed, and well as cultural influences from a variety of external and internal forces. Finally, the chapter investigates possible advantages of – and points that need further definition in – developing the EIF Model and its theoretical contribution to the field. The chapter demonstrates that the EIF Model is indeed useful in the description and categorization of Expanding Circle varieties of English, and helps enhance the world Englishes paradigm to better account for these emerging varieties.

Keywords:   Japanese English, EIF Model, Meiji Restoration, Loanwords, world Englishes, Expanding Circle, Schneider’s Dynamic Model

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