Professor of English Linguistics
Head, Language and Communication Centre
Telephone: 6513 7357
Professor Bolton joined Nanyang Technological University in February 2013, having previously taught at The University of Hong Kong, Stockholm University, and City University of Hong Kong, where he served as Chair Professor of English from 2009-13. His research interests include English language and literature worldwide, language and globalisation, multilingualism, sociolinguistics, and world Englishes. Much of his research has been on language issues in the Asian region, and he has published widely on English in Hong Kong and mainland China. He is the founding editor of the Hong Kong University Press book series, Asian Englishes Today, co-editor of the Wiley-Blackwell journal World Englishes, and an editorial board member of the journals Educational Studies, English Today, English World-Wide. From 2003 to 2004, he served as elected President of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE).
His monograph on the history of English in Hong Kong and China, Chinese Englishes: A Sociolinguistic History (2003, Cambridge University Press) was recently translated into Chinese. Professor Bolton is now interested in supervising PhD students working in topics concerned with Asian Englishes, English in China, English in higher education, language and media, the sociolinguistics of globalization, world Englishes, and other related topics.