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English in India: the role of the elite in the national project

Abstract : Introduced by the British colonization and today the official language of the Indian Nation in association with Hindi, English is spoken as a second language by a minority of the educated population of 8 to 11% according to current estimations. A chance for India to converse with the world cultures, in compensation for centuries of domination, or conversely an inherited alienating burden still preventing this conversation from being on equal terms? The paper will dwell on such issues, after a factual evaluation of the role of English in the Indian pluralism, and a study of the consequences of its historical infiltration in the whole system of the State.
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Annie Montaut. English in India: the role of the elite in the national project. I. Hasnain & S. Chaudhary. Problematizing Language Studies, Cultural, Theoretical and Applied Perspectives, Essays in Honor of Rama Kant Agnihotri, AAKAR BOOKS, New-Delhi, Inde, pp.83-116, 2010. ⟨halshs-00549309⟩

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