The Syntax of Spoken Indian English

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This book offers an in-depth analysis of several features of spoken Indian English that are generally considered as ‘typical’, but have never before been studied empirically. Drawing on authentic spoken data from the <i>International Corpus of English, Indian component</i>, the book focuses on the domain of discourse organization and examines the form, function and distribution of invariant tags such as <i>isn’t it</i> and <i>no/na</i>, non-initial existential <i>there</i>, focus markers <i>only</i> and <i>itself</i>, topicalization and left-dislocation. By focusing on multilingual speakers’ interactions, the study demonstrates conclusively that spoken Indian English bears all the hallmarks of a vibrant contact language, testifying to a pan-South Asian ‘grammar of culture’ which becomes apparent in contact-induced language change in spoken Indian English. The book will be highly relevant for anyone interested in postcolonial varieties of English, contact linguistics, standardization, and discourse-pragmatic sentence structure.

Subjects: English linguistics; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; Bilingualism; Theoretical linguistics; Syntax

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Giessen

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