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Indian English: Towards a New Paradigm

Price : $25.75
ISBN # : 9788125043713
Author : Rama Kant Agnihotri & Rajendra Singh
pages: 336
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Orient Blackswan
Published : 2011

Millions of educated Indians use English in some domains, but exactly what is Indian English, how is it best understood and described, and how far is it from the claimed centres of the socio-cultural space accorded to English? Centred around a scholarly dialogue, this book comprises a Target Paper by Rajendra Singh and some responses to it from scholars around the world. In his Target Paper, Singh examines the status and structure of Indian English and its place in the language ecology of India. His examination of these issues leads him to question the dichotomy native and non-native varieties of English and to argue that it cannot be sustained. Agnihotri and Singh have in this book broken fresh ground in the study of English, particularly in the study of post-colonial varieties such as Indian English.


Acknowledgements About the Contributors Foreword Udaya Narayana Singh

Introduction Rama Kant Agnihotri and Rajendra Singh

SECTION I The Target Paper

1. Reflections on English in India and Indian English Rajendra Singh

SECTION II Responses to the Target Paper


2. Visible and Invisible Aspects of Language Ability R. Amritavalli

3. The Classification of Varieties: The Generative Point of View Rajesh Bhatt

4. Knowledge of English in Post-Colonial Contexts: Native or Non-Native? Rakesh M. Bhatt

5. Indian English Colin P. Masica


6. Multilingualism and Monolingual Taxonomies and Tests Rama Kant Agnihotri

7. Be What You Want to Be: Linguistic and Social Consequences of Withholding Native Speaker Status Ad Backus

8. The Data and the Theory: The Difficult Art of Balancing Shreesh Chaudhary

9. English in India and Indian English: A Country Divided by the Same Language? Claudia Lange

10. Native Speaker, Vernacular Universals and New Englishisms Rajend Mesthrie

11. Distinguishing Native and Non-Native Languages on Historical Grounds Nikolaus Ritt


12. Debating English Legitimacy: Or Will the True Native User Please Speak Up! Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn

13. The New World-Order and English in India Jayant Lele

14. Colonial Hangover and the New Hybrid Englishes K. Rajagopalan


15. Reflections of an English Language Teacher Leslie Dickinson

16. The Native Speaker and Prototypicality Katarzyna Dziubalska-Ko aczyk andJaros aw Weckwerth


17. Miscellaneous Responses: Experiences, Comments and Questions Anjuli Gupta-Basu, Stephen Moran, Tariq Rahman,H.K. Dewan and Rakesh Saxena, S. Anand,Jagdeep S. Chhokar

18. Dialogue: Excerpts from the Mysore Dialogue on the Target Paper

Author/Person Index

Author Bio: Rama Kant Agnihotri D. Phil. (York, UK) retired as Professor of Linguistics from the University of Delhi and is currently working with Vidya Bhawan Society, Udaipur.

Rajendra Singh is Professor of Linguistics at Universit´┐Ż de Montr´┐Żal, Montreal.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Friday 30 December, 2011.

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