Indian English in Uganda

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The Indian community in Uganda represents a special case of migration.During the colonial period, there were several major immigration waves thatwere sociologically and sociolinguistically heterogeneous. In Uganda, Indianmigrants were mostly endocentric and concentrated, often with very littleinteraction with the British elite and the local African populations, and cameto represent ‘a society within a society’, economically successful and sociallymobile. Their situation changed dramatically, however, when Idi Amin expelledthe community in 1972. In this chapter, we look into the social and socio-demographichistory of Indian migrants in Uganda and outline its sociolinguisticconsequences. We argue that due to their status, they maintained Indian Englishfeatures and did not accommodate to British or East African varieties.


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