Intelligibility in World Englishes: Theory and Application
Written in six chapters with a total of 149 pages, the book includes notes from Chapters 2 to 6 and an annotated bibliography of seven books written by diverse authors who are deemed authoritative on the subject of world Englishes. Chapter 1 aptly entitled “Understanding” and Intelligibility in World Englishes provided the conceptual overview of the world Englishes paradigm through the support of pioneering experts on the endeavor. From among the relevant concepts that were discussed in the chapter, the following are noteworthy: the three circles of World Englishes (WE) comprised of the English speaking regions classified into Inner Circle, Outer Circle and the Expanding Circle; and the Smith Framework for intelligibility.
Chapter 3 focused on the topics of hybridity, creativity and intelligibility through the formation of adapted and new forms of English as a result of a combination of different constructs; where pure English was deciphered in contrast to differentiating degrees of hybridity and the concept of multiculturalism in WE.
Chapter 4, entitled “Other Conceptualizations of Intelligibility” provided readers with greater understanding of the three components of language through the support of providing alternative definitions of the terms from the perspectives of other authors such as Van der Walt (2000), and Munro et al. (2006) who introduced the term accentedness to augment support to understanding intelligibility and