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Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam: Linguistic context 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028795.003.0003

Series: Asian Englishes Today

Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam: Linguistic context and the role of English

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This chapter examines the development and roles of the English and the national language in several members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) including Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. In all these countries, except Burma and possibly Laos, English is playing an increasingly important role, especially as a language of communication. The analysis reveals that economic progress and political development can be successfully achieved without mass recourse to English.

Keywords: English language; national language; ASEAN countries; Burma; Cambodia; Indonesia; Laos; Thailand; Vietnam; economic progress

Chapter.  9815 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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