The Master of Arts program English as a World Language focuses on the so-called "New Englishes." This refers to variants of English (pidgin and creole languages) spoken in former Asian, African, and Caribbean colonies. Currently, we are witnessing a shift in the status, function, and structure of these language variants. Not only are they being adapted to local languages; they are also establishing themselves as languages in their own right. This master's program investigates both linguistically internal and external factors in the development of these language variants.
English as a World Language (ENGAGE) is a joint program offered by the Department of English and American Studies and the Asien-Afrika-Institut. Students may also pursue independent research under intensive supervision.