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N.A. Shatalova

         Natalia Alexandrovna Shatalova is Instructor, Foreign Languages Department, Faculty of Economics, M. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow).

E-mail: kab200@mail.ru


The paper addresses the controversial issue of the status of English in Russia within the framework of the World Englishes para-digm. Similar and distinctive aspects of the use of English in Russia and in other countries of the Expanding Circle as well as in the Outer Circle are summed up. The paper argues that English in Russia is a legitimate exonormative variety of English.

        Key words: World Englishes / World Englishes Paradigm, a cline of competence / bilingual cline, acrolect, mesolect, basilect, intelligibility, exonorm, endonorm, nativization.

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