Chapter

Morphosyntax

Pingali Sailaja

in Indian English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780748625949
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671434 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625949.003.0003
Morphosyntax

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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

Chapter.  8158 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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