A Detailed Description of the Linguistic Situation in India - Placing Special Emphasis on Indian English

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GRIN Verlag, 2010 - 40 pages
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Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1,7, RWTH Aachen University (Lehrstuhl fur Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften), course: Varieties of English, language: English, abstract: English is spoken all around the world. There is hardly any place in the world where you can not see or hear the impact English has on every part of our daily life. The English language also reshaped India's linguistic situation, since the first Englishman has reached "Goa in October 1597" (Mehrotra 1998: 3). India has always been a multilingual country. Eighteen different Indian languages derived from the four language families "Indo-European, Dravidian, Austro-Asiatic and Sino-Tibetan" (Mehrotra 1998:1). Hindi is spoken by most of the people but nevertheless there would not be a language shared by a major part of the population, if English had not entered the country in the 16th century. The English language became the lingua franca between Englishmen and Indians and later between the Indians themselves. In 1971 223,981 Indians stated that English is their mother tongue and it was estimated that about 25 million Indians speak English as a second language (cf. Mehrotra 1998: 1). This vast number shows the importance Indian English has for the world and the Indians themselves and therefore arouse my interest to give a description of the linguistic situation in India, and thereby going into detail as regards Indian English."

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it tells about the influence of english over others


Linguistic Features in Indian English 4 1 Grammar 6
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