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April 16, 2003

English as an Asian Language

Yesterday's Daily Yomiuri carried an article in its Language Connection section on Nobuyuki Honna, a professor of English and international communication at Aoyama Gakuin University and a "leading scholar on Asian English." The article, entitled "Respect diversity in English," looks at his focus on the language not as it is spoken by native speakers, but rather the forms it has taken when influenced by the mother tongue and culture of the millions of non-native speakers in Asia. The topic is clearly relevant for Japanese students of English or business people, who often have to converse in English with other Asians more than they do with native speakers.

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