LINGUIST List 32.2567

Thu Aug 05 2021

Books: The Anglo-Indians in Hyderabad: Joseph

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Date: 04-Aug-2021
From: Smita Joseph <>
Subject: The Anglo-Indians in Hyderabad: Joseph
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Title: The Anglo-Indians in Hyderabad
Subtitle: Sociolinguistic, Historical, and Anthropological Perspectives
Published: 2020
Publisher: Smita Joseph

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Author: Smita Joseph
Hardback: ISBN: 9789390232574 Pages: 210 Price: U.S. $ 44.95

The book discusses the use of various strategies by which Christian names have adapted according to their ecology in the Indian context. It provides new dimensions in the field of socio-onomastics. It gives a fascinating account of how the Anglo-Indians of Hyderabad maintain their ethnic identity through the use of proper names and slang. The data on slang and names has been elicited through a combination of interviews, surveys and ethnographic methods. The relationship between ethnicity and language has been explored by comparing the usage of slang across three age groups, as well as by comparing the usage of proper names across three decades. The status of slang and names as ethnic markers has been examined through the use of statistics.

Full of new insights, the book will be of interest to students and researchers in the area of linguistics, history and anthropology. It will also appeal to the Anglo-Indians and the Syrian Christians of Kerala whose names have been compared with those of the Anglo-Indians of Hyderabad. Since jargon and technical terms have been avoided, the book will also appeal to the general reader.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Malayalam (mal)

Written In: English (eng)

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