English in South Asia: Lessons and parallels

Hans Henrich Hock

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Braj B. Kachru's work on South Asian English, part of his larger research framework of ‘World Englishes’, is recognized as a significant contribution to linguistics, especially contact linguistics. In 1979, he also dealt with the ‘Englishization of Hindi’, an issue more fully pursued by Yamuna Kachru. A first discussion of the significance of the two-way interaction between English and South Asian languages for contact linguistics was presented in Hock (2015). This paper further explores these implications – for Language Contact in general, for the prehistoric ‘Indianization’ of Sanskrit, and for Sanskrit as pan-Indian link language under the Guptas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-113
Number of pages9
JournalWorld Englishes
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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