Journal article

Attitudes towards Indian English among young urban professionals in Hyderabad, India

Olga Maxwell, Chloe Diskin-Holdaway, Debbie Loakes

WORLD ENGLISHES | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Despite extensive work on the description of Indian English(es), only limited attention has been paid to attitudes towards the variety among its speakers. This paper reports on semi-structured interviews eliciting language attitudes with 32 educated young students and professionals in Hyderabad, India. Results reveal that Indian English is occupying an increasingly legitimate position within the popular consciousness, and that there is an increasing sense of ownership of a supra-local or pan-dialectal ‘Indian English’. There is an expressed desire for Indian English to continue to expand, and to be accepted as one of the authentic languages of India. The participants exhibited relatively hig..

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Grants

Awarded by Transdisciplinary and Innovation Grant, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language


Funding Acknowledgements

Transdisciplinary and Innovation Grant, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Grant/Award Number: CE140100041