Indian English

Texts and Interpretation

| Banaras Hindu University
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Indian English, or rather, the forms of English used in India, have long been a topic of interest for laymen and scholars. For generations, the ‘exotic’ nature of the transplanted language was commented on, often ridiculed as a matter of unintentional comic. It was only from the 1960s onwards that the local forms of English were recognized for what they are — adaptations of the world language to local needs, and varying to an enormous degree, depending on the speakers’ (and writers’) education and the uses they make of the language. This acknowledgement came mainly from abroad (and still does); Indians are much less willing to admit to the variation and its communicative functions in the country. Therefore, standard English (if possible in its classical British form) is generally favoured, together with formal written uses often based on the stylistic models provided by English literature from Shakespeare to Dickens.
R.R. Mehrotra was one of the first to see the need for a proper sociolinguistic description of the Indian situation, and the forms and functions of English in this complex set-up. He has for a long time collected and analysed the huge range of English around him, with the aim of publishing a collection of texts that reflects the variation within the country along various dimensions, historical, regional, ethnic, social and stylistic.
The present collection of texts is typical in many ways, evoking in the content, style and grammatical forms the contexts in which English functions; notes help to put the excerpts into the proper frame to make them intelligible to outsiders.
[Varieties of English Around the World, T7]  1998.  x, 148 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
viii
Foreword by Manfred Görlach
ix
Introduction
1
Literacy texts
21
Addresses and lectures
35
Literary texts by non-Indian writers
41
Newspaper English
49
Miscellaneous
71
Stereotype
93
Broken English
101
Language mix
103
Indian Pidgin English
107
Cartoons
111
Notes and comments
117
References
145
“This is an excellent contribution to the respected series edited by Edgar Schneider. Mehrotra is clearly exceptionally well versed in the subject matter, and in addition to his linguistic and sociolinguistic expertise, he has the advantage of possessing local knowledge and cultural awareness at a level which very few outsiders could ever attain.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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