Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 10 : 3 March 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
         Sam Mohanlal, Ph.D.
         B. A. Sharada, Ph.D.
         A. R. Fatihi, Ph.D.
         Lakhan Gusain, Ph.D.
         K. Karunakaran, Ph.D.
         Jennifer Marie Bayer, Ph.D.



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Indian English: A Linguistic Reality

Richa, Ph.D.

The Most Widely Used Language

English is the most used and studied language in the history of human race. One in five of the world's population speaks English, approximately 375 million people speak English as their first language, and over 375 million people speak English as their second language.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, it was already one of the foremost languages of the world, because it was the main language of both the British Empire and the United States of America. Though, at that time, it had significant competition from other widespread European languages such as French, German, Russian and Spanish and, beyond Europe, from Chinese, Arabic and Swahili. But since World War II English has been alone in becoming the sole universal language, the world's lingua franca.

World English, etc.

Noting its ever growing role, linguists and other scholars have been, for some time, giving distinctive labels to this language. Increasingly, since occasional use in the 1930s, it has come most commonly to be known as 'World English'. This term has also been put into the plural, as 'World Englishes', so as to highlight proliferating varieties that are often called simply 'the Englishes', and in Asia and Africa, 'the New Englishes'. (The conceptualization of 'World Englishes' with a theoretical framework in linguistics actually goes back to the early 1960s (Kachru, 1965).

Since at least the 1970s, the language complex has also been called 'International English', and in the 1990s, the term 'Global English' has proved very much fashionable, to accompany and blend in with the current economic buzzword 'Globalization'.

A Pluralistic Language

English is really a pluralistic language, having layers after layers of extended processes of convergence with other languages and cultures. Contact with other languages is quite unique as it has altered the traditional sources like, French, Italian, German, etc. It is like an opening up of English language to the non-western world: which was traditionally not a resource for English. The non-western world has now become contributors to and partners in the pluralism of the language.

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The Linguistics of Newspaper Advertising in Nigeria | Women in Advertisements | Case-Assignment Under Government in Modern Literary Arabic | Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Very Young Learners: A Case from Turkey | Association of Self Fashioning and Circumstances in Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin | A Moral Lesson, Amoral Lesion - Sharon Pollock's The Komagata Maru Incident | Pariksha: Test by Prem Chand | Treatment of City in Nayantara Sahgal's Storm in Chandigarh | Phrasal Stress in Telugu | Stress Among ELT Teachers: A Study of Performance Evaluation from a Private Secondary School in Haryana | Willa Cather’s Portrayal of the Pioneer Virtues in Alexandra Bergson with Reference to O Pioneers! | Man-Woman Relationship in Nayantara Sahgal's Mistaken Identity | Classroom Management and Quality Control - An Action Research | Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha - A Dualist Spiritual Journey | Impact of Dramatics on Composition Skills of Secondary School English Language Learners in Pakistan | Narrative Technique, Language and Style in R. K. Narayan's Works | Diasporic Crisis of Dual Identity in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake | To Teach or Not to Teach Grammar isn't the Question Any Longer - A Case for Consciousness-Raising Tasks | Cognitive Flexibility in Children with Learning Disability | Coda Deletion in Yemeni Tihami Dialect (YTD)- Autosegmental Analysis | The Enigmatic Maya in Anita Desai's
Cry, The Peacock
| Developing an English Curriculum for a Premedical Program | The Ties of Kinship in Rohinton Mistry's Novels | Indian English: A Linguistic Reality | The Unpredictability of the Sonority of English Words | Women's Representation in Polity: A Need to Enhance Their Participation | Nandhini Oza's Concern for the Tribal Welfare in "The Dam Shall Not Be Built" | A PRINT VERSION OF ALL THE PAPERS OF MARCH 2010 ISSUE IN BOOK FORMAT | HOME PAGE of March 2010 Issue | HOME PAGE | CONTACT EDITOR

Richa, Ph.D.
Central Institute of Indian Languages
Mysore 570006
Karnataka, India

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