Bilingual language play and world Englishes
This chapter highlights the possibilities of a systematic account of bilingual language play as an essential feature of world Englishes by establishing some basic similarities and peculiarities in the playful use of English‐related bilingual resources in different world Englishes contexts. Next, it specifies some key terms relevant for the discussion. The major formal patterns of bilingual language play are identified, as well as various sociopsychological connotations commonly rendered through the use of these patterns. The major linguistic features of English interacting playfully with different local languages are illustrated by data analyzed in various publications and supported by examples from the author's own corpus of English‐Russian language play. Then the chapter addresses the implications of bilingual language play for the status and role of English in various communities. It concludes with an outline of the possible directions of future research into bilingual language play that may contribute to world Englishes theory.