LINGUIST List 23.5108

Thu Dec 06 2012

Books: The Syntax of Spoken Indian English: Lange

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Date: 04-Dec-2012
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Subject: The Syntax of Spoken Indian English: Lange
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Title: The Syntax of Spoken Indian EnglishSeries Title: Varieties of English Around the World G45

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Claudia Lange

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


This book offers an in-depth analysis of several features of spoken IndianEnglish that are generally considered as ‘typical’, but have never before beenstudied empirically. Drawing on authentic spoken data from the InternationalCorpus of English, Indian component, the book focuses on the domain ofdiscourse organization and examines the form, function and distribution ofinvariant tags such as isn’t and no/na, non-initial existential there, focusmarkers only and itself, topicalization and left-dislocation. By focusing onmultilingual speakers’ interactions, the study demonstrates conclusively thatspoken Indian English bears all the hallmarks of a vibrant contact language,testifying to a pan-South Asian ‘grammar of culture’ which becomes apparent incontact-induced language change in spoken Indian English. The book will behighly relevant for anyone interested in postcolonial varieties of English,contact linguistics, standardization, and discourse-pragmatic sentencestructure.

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

Written In: English (eng)

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