A Journal of Teaching English Language and Literature

ISSN Print : 2229-6557, Online: 2394-9244

Multilingualism Embedded in English of India

Elizabeth Eldho

Abstract

English language is evidently proliferating with the emergence of multitudes of varieties within itself; in other words, English is increasingly becoming multilingual. As a result of this, the idealization of ‘one English for all’ does not really find a place in multilingual contexts. This paper looks at the status of English in the multilingual and multicultural India and tries to argue that the so-called Indian English can be branched off to incorporate different varieties having distinct identities of their own. Moreover, the paper throws light on the implications of multilingualism within English in the field of language teaching.

Keywords: Multilingualism, Indian English, English of India, varieties, language teaching.

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