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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.
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 Université de Montréal, Montreal.
About the Contributors
Udaya Narayana Singh
Rama Kant Agnihotri and Rajendra Singh
The Target Paper
1. Reflections on English in India and Indian English
Responses to the Target Paper
2. Visible and Invisible Aspects of Language Ability
3. The Classification of Varieties: The Generative Point of View
4. Knowledge of English in Post-Colonial Contexts: Native or Non-Native?
Rakesh M. Bhatt
5. Indian English
Colin P. Masica
SOCIOLINGUISTIC AND DIACHRONIC PERSPECTIVES
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
8. The Data and the Theory: The Difficult Art of Balancing
9. English in India and Indian English: A Country Divided by the Same Language?
10. Native Speaker, Vernacular Universals and New Englishisms
11. Distinguishing Native and Non-Native Languages on Historical Grounds
CULTURAL, POLITICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES
12. Debating English Legitimacy: Or Will the True Native User Please Speak Up!
13. The New World-Order and English in India
14. Colonial Hangover and the New ‘Hybrid’ Englishes
15. Reflections of an English Language Teacher
16. The ‘Native Speaker’ and Prototypicality
Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kolaczyk andJaroslaw Weckwerth
MISCELLANEOUS COMMENTS AND DISCUSSION
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