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Sailaja Pingali

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625949

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625949.001.0001

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Morphosyntax

Morphosyntax

Chapter:
(p.39) 3 Morphosyntax
Source:
Indian English
Author(s):

Pingali Sailaja

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625949.003.0003

A cline of proficiency is proposed in the chapter. It is argued that standard Indian English syntax is very close to native—British and American—varieties of English. It is demonstrated that structures that are American are also found in Indian English. Several typical Indian features of syntax are listed and illustrated, many of which are considered to be non-standard. The manner in which prepositions, code-switching and inflections are used is shown. Features are marked for whether they are used in standard or non-standard varieties, and also where they are used in informal contexts.

Keywords:   cline of proficiency, standard, non-standard, informal

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