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ERIC Number: ED357625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 13
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Toward a Grammar of South Asian English: Syntactic Markers of Lectal Range in an Indigenized Variety.
Sridhar, S. N.
Some syntactic patterns of the variety of English used by students in the final year of formal learning of English are analyzed. In addition, the nature of the lectal continuum of South Asian English (SAE) is discussed, including alternative conceptions of Standard SAE and evaluation of other lects. The discussion is based on an analysis of selected aspects of 12 essays (averaging 35 sentences in length) written by college students in South India. Focus is on syntactic patterns that have not been researched significantly in earlier studies. Lexical and syntactic patterns that are formed differently than in native varieties of English or in the formal registers of SAE include the following: lexical and idiomatic features; invariant reflexive for emphasis; redundant marking of inclusion; limiter/qualifier as an enclitic; quotative; discourse adverbials; absence of subject/verb number agreement; absence of agreement between antecedent and pronoun; generic nouns; and structure of generic reference. Discussion of the patterns is centered on lectal specificity versus continuity of formal features and varietal status of the present data. It is concluded that the findings could form the basis of selection of structures to be described in a Standard SAE grammar. Contains 15 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India