Australian Style is a blog on English in Australian, published by linguist experts and supported by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO).
The History of English Spelling - The English Spelling Society
Australian Voices - Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University
4. World English
7. Varieties of English
10. Stress timed and syllable timed rhythm
13. Dominantly non-rhotic
16. Effect of English on national identity
19. Linguistic relativism and determinism
Why do languages die?
2. What is global language and what does global status mean?
5. Very large languages
8. Native English
11. Rhoticity and non-rhoticity
14. Language and social identity
17. Effect of English on national identity
20. Sapir Whorf hypothesis
Pidgins and Creoles
English as a killer
1. Lingua Franca
English as a lingua franca (ELF) is the use of the English language as "a common means of communication for speakers of different first languages". ELF is also "defined functionally by its use in intercultural communication rather than formally by its reference to native-speaker norms" whereas English as a foreign language aims at meeting native speaker norms and gives prominence to native speaker cultural aspects. While lingua francas have been used for centuries, what makes ELF a novel phenomenon is the extent to which it is used – both functionally and geographically. A typical ELF conversation might involve Swedish and Japanese business people chatting at a coffee break during an international conference held in Nairobi, or an Argentinian tourist asking a local for the way in Berlin. (Source)
3. Why English?
6. Kachru's expanding circles of English
9. Exploring Englishes by phonology
12. Dominantly rhotic groups
15. Globalisation: The good, the bad, and the ugly
18. What about this?
21. Four ideas of the hypothesis