ERIC Number: ED123922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Facts About Current Indian English. Papers from the Michigan Linguistic Society Meeting, Vol. 1, No. 2.
Indian English is a variety of the English language used as a second language by Indian bilinguals. This paper reports on a computerized survey of the grammar of Indian English, consisting of the classification of 230 expressions "of whose standing there might be some question" by a group of linguists and teachers of English in India, in order to determine the status of these expressions in current Indian English usage. Each expression was classified in one of the following categories: (1) Literary English; (2) Colloquial English; (3) Popular or Illiterate Speech. Results of the survey lead to the conclusions that Indian English is based on written English style, and that there are considerable similarities between Indian English and its sister languages in England, America, and elsewhere. It further appears that not only have Indian languages Indianized the English language, but English has contributed substantially to the Indian languages as well. Indian English can justifiably be viewed as the result of the union of British English and Indian cultural-linguistic context. (DB)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Dialects, English, English (Second Language), Language Standardization, Language Styles, Language Usage, Language Variation, Official Languages, Sociolinguistics, Standard Spoken Usage
David Lawton, English Department, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859 ($3.00 each issue)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Michigan Univ., Mount Pleasant. Dept. of English.
Identifiers - Location: India