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LINGUIST List 23.5108

Thu Dec 06 2012

Books: The Syntax of Spoken Indian English: Lange

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 04-Dec-2012
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Syntax of Spoken Indian English: Lange
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Title: The Syntax of Spoken Indian English
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World G45

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/veaw.g45

Author: Claudia Lange

Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273093 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273093 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 95.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273093 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027249050 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 100.70
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027249050 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027249050 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 143.00


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 International
Corpus of English, Indian component, the book focuses on the domain of
discourse organization and examines the form, function and distribution of
invariant tags such as isn’t and no/na, non-initial existential there, focus
markers only and itself, 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

Linguistic Field(s): Bi- & Multilingualism
Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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