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LINGUIST List 17.742

Fri Mar 10 2006

Diss: Discourse Analysis: De: 'Discourse on English ...'

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        1.    Anuradha De, Discourse on English: A linguistic dilemma in West Bengal

Message 1: Discourse on English: A linguistic dilemma in West Bengal
Date: 10-Mar-2006
From: Anuradha De <anude35yahoo.com>
Subject: Discourse on English: A linguistic dilemma in West Bengal

Institution: Calcutta University
Program: Ph.D. Program
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2005

Author: Anuradha De

Dissertation Title: Discourse on English: A linguistic dilemma in West Bengal

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Dissertation Director(s):
Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay
Amitav Chaudhry
Mina Dan

Dissertation Abstract:

The thesis (a) analyzes the discourse on English in the colonial and
post-colonial context of India as a whole and West Bengal in particular ; (b)
studies the language planning policies as well as educational policies in the
context of plurilingual repertoire of India and West Bengal.

A corpus of published official reports on language education, education,
research works in the related fields, various public opinions available in the
printed form, media reports, and the empirical evidences collected in a planned
sample survey on the Bangla medium school students of West Bengal have been
critically analyzed by deploying the post-structural methods of Discourse
Analysis and Likert method of language attitude analysis.

In the first chapter there is a brief prologue on Muciram Gurer Jiboncorit (A
Biography of Muciram gur) by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and I Has by Kedarnath
Bandyopadhyay. The second chapter contains the goal, scope and methodology of
the thesis. The third chapter concentrates on the colonial discourse on English
language in India and Southeast Asia. The fourth chapter is on the status of
English in post-independence India. A brief diachronic survey of the language
planning policies in administrative as well as academic sectors and debates over
linguistic decisions involved in reconstruction of Indian nation-state is the
theme of this chapter. Polemics on learning English language in the Bangla
medium schools of West Bengal during the last two decades has been dealt in the
fifth chapter with reference to both governmental and public discourses. The
sixth chapter contains a survey on the linguistic attitudes of students,
teachers, guardians and language-managers. The sample survey data have been
analyzed deploying Likert Method in statistics in order to substantiate the
hypothesis extended in this thesis. In this concluding chapter attempts have
been made to understand the implications of such diachronic discursive
formations in the linguistic policy making with special reference to literacy,
status and corpus planning for languages and its implications.

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