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The Future Conditional: Building an English-Speaking Society in Northeast China

Eric S. Henry


This book offers a nuanced discussion of the globalization of the English language and the widespread effects it has had on Shenyang, the capital and largest city of China's northeast Liaoning Province. Adopting an ethnographic and linguistic perspective, the book considers the personal connotations that English has for Chinese people, beyond its role in the education system. Through research on how English is spoken, taught, and studied in China, the book considers what the language itself means to Chinese speakers. How and why, the book asks, has English become so deeply fascinating in conte ... More

Keywords: English language, globalization, Shenyang, China, Chinese speakers, English-speaking Chinese

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501754906
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501754906.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric S. Henry, author
Saint Mary's University