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Deshors, Götz, Laporte (2018)

Deshors, Sandra C., Sandra Götz & Samantha Laporte, eds. 2018: Rethinking Linguistic Creativity in Non-Native Englishes.


About the volume:

At a time when the paradigm gap (Sridhar & Sridhar 1986) between the EFL and ESL research areas is attracting much scholarly attention, the contributions in the current volume explore this gap from the perspective of linguistic innovations across the two different types of non-native Englishes. In this endeavour, this volume unveils the many facets of linguistic innovations in non-native English varieties and explores the fine line between learners’ erroneous versus creative use of a target language. Adopting empirical, corpus-based approaches to portray linguistic innovations characteristic of EFL and ESL varieties, the contributions show how the interaction of linguistic and social forces influences the development of novel linguistic forms in both endonormative ESL contexts and exonormative EFL contexts. This volume is of relevance to linguists who are interested in the features of non-native English and who wish to gain a better understanding of the nature of innovations along the EFL – ESL continuum.


It was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Learner Corpora Research 2:2 (2016).


Introduction: Linguistic innovations in EFL and ESL: Rethinking the linguistic creativity of non-native English speakers

Sandra C. Deshors, Sandra Götz and Samantha Laporte

“This hair-style called as ‘duck tail’”: The ‘intrusive as’-construction in South Asian varieties of English and Learner Englishes

Christopher Koch, Claudia Lange and Sven Leuckert

Detecting innovations in a parsed corpus of learner English

Gerold Schneider and Gaëtanelle Gilquin

The innovative progressive aspect of Black South African English: The role of language proficiency and normative processes

Bertus van Rooy and Haidee Kruger

Towards a process-oriented approach to comparing EFL and ESL varieties: A corpus-study of lexical innovations

Marcus Callies

In case of innovation: Academic phraseology in the Three Circles

Alison Edwards and Rutger-Jan Lange

Innovative conversions in South-East Asian Englishes: Reassessing ESL status

Stephanie Horch

The fate of linguistic innovations: Jersey English and French learner English compared

Anna Rosen

“It’s always different when you look something from the inside”: Linguistic innovation in a corpus of ELF Skype conversations

Marie-Louise Brunner, Stefan Diemer and Selina Schmidt