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Modelling World EnglishesA Joint Approach to Postcolonial and Non-Postcolonial Varieties$
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Sarah Buschfeld and Alexander Kautzsch

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474445863

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445863.001.0001

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English in India: Global Aspirations, Local Identities at the Grassroots

English in India: Global Aspirations, Local Identities at the Grassroots

(p.85) Chapter 5 English in India: Global Aspirations, Local Identities at the Grassroots
Modelling World Englishes

Sachin Labade

Claudia Lange

Sven Leuckert

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents the results of an attitudinal study carried out in Maharashtra, India. This study investigates in which contexts and how often Maharashtrians use English, Hindi, Marathi, and other local languages, and which language(s) they identify with. The study shows that the respondents favour different languages in different situations but primarily perceive English as the language of upward mobility. However, English is not the language that Maharashtrians in the study identify with most frequently, which suggests that language attitudes and language identity need to be teased apart more precisely in the EIF Model and in World Englishes modelling in general.

Keywords:   EIF Model, Hindi, Indian English, language attitudes, language identity, Maharashtra, Marathi

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