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By Braj Kachru

ISBN-10: 9622096654

ISBN-13: 9789622096653

ISBN-10: 9622096662

ISBN-13: 9789622096660

This ebook offers the most important studying for college kids and researchers of worldwide Englishes. it really is an insightful and provocative learn of the varieties and features of English in Asia, its acculturation and nativization, and the cutting edge dimensions of Asian creativity.

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There were several schools where English was used, for example, St Mary’s Charity School, Madras (1715), the Charity Schools established at Bombay (1719) and Calcutta (1720–1731), Lady Campbell’s Female Orphan Asylum (1787) and the Male Asylum in Madras (1787), and the English Charity Schools in the South of India, Tanjore (1772), Ramnad (1785) and Sivaganga (1785). The period of exploration is well documented in several studies (for India, Sherring, 1884; Richter, 1908; Law, 1915; for Sri Lanka, Ruberu, 1962).

5 In a broader conceptualization of world Englishes these issues then take us to larger concerns, regarding canonicity, pluralism and diversity (for a detailed discussion and references, see B. Kachru, 1997b). First, they are used (c) 2011 Hong Kong University Press. All Rights Reserved. 22 Asian Englishes: Beyond the canon with reference to the contextualization of English in functions which are distinct from, and oftentimes contrary to, the original colonial agenda for the language and its presuppositions.

And now the question remains: Is this attitude about American English in Britain dead (cf. Chapter 8)? The answer to this question is an emphatic ‘no’; one does not have to go too far for the evidence. It was not too long ago that Prince Charles said that the American version of the language was ‘very corrupting’ and that the English version was the ‘proper’ one. He told the British Council that ‘we must act now to ensure that English, and that, to my way of thinking, means English English, maintains its position as the world language well into the next century’ (Chicago Tribune, 24 March 1995, section 1, p.

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