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Chinese Englishes: History, Contexts, and Texts
Doctoral Committee Chair(s)
Kachru, Braj B.
Department of Study
Degree Granting Institution
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The current profile of attitudinal range and functional domains demonstrates the magnitude of English influence and depth of penetration in Chinese society. It is argued that nativization of English in China forms a CLINE, for the degrees of nativization in terms of English as a medium of intranational communication and English for international communication. This cline of proficiency is best represented by a polymodel (Kachru 1982b and later) which includes intelligibility levels, acquisitional stages, and regional differences. In certain domains, English is more of an accepted medium for intranational communication, e.g. science, technology, tertiary education, and media. This dissertation contributes to our understanding of world Englishes in the global context and points to directions for research in Chinese varieties of English.