South Asian English: Structure, Use, and Users

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This volumes examines selected formal and functional characteristics of English in South Asia, where English was introduced in the sixteenth century and now has over fifty million users. An integrative and interdisciplinary collection, the books brings together invited papers by acclaimed creative writers from India and Pakistan and by international linguists and English educators. The five major facets of South Asian English discussed are context and uses: structure and contact; functions and innovations; the ...
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This volumes examines selected formal and functional characteristics of English in South Asia, where English was introduced in the sixteenth century and now has over fifty million users. An integrative and interdisciplinary collection, the books brings together invited papers by acclaimed creative writers from India and Pakistan and by international linguists and English educators. The five major facets of South Asian English discussed are context and uses: structure and contact; functions and innovations; the curriculum; and the multilingual's creativity. The volume provides current perspectives on complex issues of concern to teachers and students of world Englishes.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780252064937
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: English in the Global Context Series
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 South Asian English: Toward an Identity in Diaspora 9
2 English in South Asia: Imperialist Legacy and Regional Asset 29
3 Attitudes toward English: The Future of English in South Asia 40
4 Toward a Syntax of South Asian English: Defining the Lectal Range 55
5 Using Computer Corpora in the Description of Language with Special Reference to Complementation in Indian English 70
6 Some Features of Nepali Newspaper English 82
7 The Relationship of New Englishes and Linguistic Theory: A Cognitive-Based Grammar of Nepali English 88
8 Syntactic "Deletion" in Lankan English: Learning from a New Variety of English about... 104
9 Language and Cultural Meaning: Expository Writing in South Asian English 127
10 The Pragmatics of South Asian English 141
11 Nativization of Job Applications in South Asia 158
12 Innovation in Pakistani English Political Lexis 174
13 Acceptability and English Curriculum Change in Bangladesh 191
14 The Ideational Function of English in Sri Lanka 206
15 A Coat of Many Colors 221
16 Creative Processes in Pakistani English Fiction 231
Afterword 241
References Cited 247
Contributors 269
Index 273
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