Cultural conceptualizations in Vietnamese English

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The fact that English has been used as a means of global communication appears to bring about the association of English with multiple cultural conceptualisations regardless of its roles in different contexts. The purpose of the present paper is to explore and argue for the existence of 'Vietnamese English', a variety developed by Vietnamese users of English with its own lexical specifics and underlying cultural conceptualisations. The most important areas of the study will include: (1) lexical innovations in Vietnamese English found in the data of the Vietnam Heritage Magazine and locally developed English textbooks in Vietnam; (2) the cultural schemas, categories and metaphors that are entrenched in instances of lexical innovation; and (3) a sample of documenting entries for a yet-to-be-compiled Vietnamese English Dictionary based on the findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-253
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Language and Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


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