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Title: Togetherness of English: The intimate enemy
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Author: Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay
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Institution: Indian Statistical Institute
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This paper deals with the status of English in the context of colonial India. It analyzes different discursive formations (mainly literary discourses written in Bangla) that deals with the binary of White/non-white. It questions the essential construction of this binary as Guest White as a donor and host non-white as a receptor do not always operate as a one-way traffic; sometimes the White space was disrupted by the non-white performances or could be mimicked by the non-white or even White space is appropriated by the non-white. In between this binary, there are different shades as well as role-reversal of the supposed donor and receptor. Thus, the story of otherness and togetherness of white and non-white cannot be told in a deterministic way of telling the "truth" of colonialism. The reciprocal reflection(s) of each other leads to a different hi(story) of English(es) in India.
Type: Collection
Status: Completed
Venue: Indian Statistical Institute and Praci Bhasa Bijnan, Kolkata
Publication Info: Indian Journal of linguistics, Vol. XX, No. 1, pp. 41-55, 2001

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