The origins of ASEAN and the role of English

Andy Kirkpatrick

in English as a Lingua Franca in Asean

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028795
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206922 | DOI:

Series: Asian Englishes Today

The origins of ASEAN and the role of English

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This chapter provides a brief summary of the context in which the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established with the signing of the Bangkok Declaration in August 1967 by the five founding member countries, and examines the role of the English language. It discusses the role of English language and other languages within the organization. The chapter also compares the main principles of the original 1967 Bangkok Declaration with those of the recently signed charter of the ASEAN.

Keywords: ASEAN; English language; Bangkok Declaration; Asian countries; languages

Chapter.  7147 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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