Ed Rani Rubdy and Mario Saraceni, continuum:
ISBN: 0-8264-8905 (hardback), 0-8264-8906 (paperback)
English in the World, edited by Rani Rubdy and Mario Saraceni is a valuable and timely contribution to the current debate regarding the standardization norms to be followed in the current scenario of global spread of English. As a consequence of the space that English has now occupied in international communication in arenas of commerce, communication, sports, science, technology and culture, a curious situation has emerged in which non-native speakers of English outnumber by far the native speakers. This obviously creates a diversity of ways in which English is used in various countries and there is a tension between the demand for perpetuating the standard variety (British, and now American as well) and the struggle made by non-native varieties to maintain their distinct identity.