Centre for Global Englishes

The centre also provides a forum for knowledge-sharing and collaboration with other interested researchers and centres around the world.



The Centre aims to bring together scholars with an interest in global Englishes through a range of regular and special events. 

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Global Englishes is a highly active and dynamic research field to which members of the centre make regular contributions.

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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.

Research Projects

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.


Statistically, native speakers are in a minority for [English] language use, and thus for language change, for language maintenance, and for the ideologies and beliefs associated with the language.

(Brumfit, C. 2001. Individual Freedom in Language Teaching p116)