The centre also provides a forum for knowledge-sharing and collaboration with other interested researchers and centres around the world.
The Centre for Global Englishes has a wide range of members from the University of Southampton, including staff and PGR students, as well as members from other institutions.
Members of the centre are currently involved in a number of research projects related to global Englishes and the centre aims to produce research of international standing in this field.
How many global English speakers?
It has been estimated (conservatively) that there are as many as 2 billion speakers of English as a second language or lingua franca worldwide today (Crystal, 2008).
Who speaks English?
The figures above suggest that those who use English as a second language or lingua franca outnumber first language speakers by at least 4:1.