World Englishes and international call centres
Date of Issue2013
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Call centres (or telephone ‘contact centres’) of various kinds have become an increasing fact of life for many people in Europe, North America and other developed economies. Although telephone contact centres may be dated back to the 1960s and 1970s in the US, their intrusion into the lives of British and US consumers has grown exponentially since the 1980s. Since the early 2000s, however, a significant number of call centre operations have been outsourced to such destinations as India and the Philippines, thereby raising a number of issues relating to language and globalisation and the politics of English as an international language.
© 2013 [John Wiley & Sons Ltd] This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by [World Englishes], [John Wiley & Sons Ltd]. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/weng.12057].