A Detailed Description of the Linguistic Situation in India - Placing Special Emphasis on Indian English
GRIN Verlag, 2010 - 40 pages
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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Aachen akademische Texte approximately regular intervals Assamese Austro-Asiatic becomes Bengali British Received Pronunciation British Standard English comparison to British comparison to BRP considerably from British day language situation different lexis diphthongs Educated Indian English emphasis on Indian English as regards English in India feature of Indian ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁrst Englishman ﬁrst language fulﬁl GRIN Verlag Gujarati Hindi approx ibid impact of English Indian English cf Indian English GRIN Indian English lacks Indian English pronunciation Indian languages Indians can identify Indo-Ayran languages inﬂuenced integrated into India's Kachru Kannada kO;t language in India languages into English lingua franca linguistic features linguistic situation Lisa Mevissen litter or wood Malayalam Marathi Mehrothra 1998 Mevissen A detailed monophthongs Morpheme noun nounl Ofﬁcial Language Oriya partitive clause phoneme placing special emphasis plural prepositions pronounced quoted in Mehrotra Sanskrit second language signiﬁcance situation in India Spitzbardt 1976 spoken sufﬁx Telugu Trudgill/Hannah 1994 unlike BRP vowel Q