Register Variation in Indian English

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 284 pages
"Register Variation in Indian English" constitutes the first large-scale empirical investigation of an international variety of English. Using a combination of the corpus compiled for this project and relevant sections of ICE-India as its database, this work tests existing descriptions and characterizations of English in India, and provides the first empirical account of register variation in Indian English (or indeed, any international variety of English). Included in this survey are linguistic features that have been examined before and others that have not. From an empirical standpoint, it comments on the process of Indianization of the English used in India. The book will be of interest to readers beyond specialists of Indian English as it is one of very few studies to undertake a large-scale corpus analysis for the purpose of dialect research. The book provides a model on which future studies of international Englishes can be based.
 

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Contents

List of figures
List of tables
1 Introduction
2 Literature review
3 Corpus design and methodology
4 Lexical and grammatical features in spoken and written Indian English
Lexical features
Grammatical features
Review of variety studies
List of Indian Fiction
Tape insert
Corpus contributor questionnaire
Header for spoken file
Tables of Indian Words in registers of Indian English
Author index
Topic index

7 Conclusion
References
Methodologies employed in the study of language varieties
The series Studies in Corpus Linguistics
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