By Singh, Rajendra, Rajendra Singh

South Asia is domestic to numerous languages and dialects. even though linguists engaged on this area have made major contributions to our realizing of language, society, and language in society on an international scale, there's as but no famous overseas discussion board for the trade of rules among linguists engaged on South Asia. the yearly Review of South Asian Languages and Linguistics is designed to be simply that discussion board. It brings jointly empirical and theoretical examine and serves as a trying out flooring for the articulation of latest principles and methods that may be grounded in a examine of South Asian languages yet that have common applicability. every one volume will have 4 significant sections: I. Invited contributions which includes cutting-edge essays on study in South Asian languages. II. Refereed open submissions targeting appropriate concerns and delivering a number of viewpoints. III. reviews from world wide, publication experiences and abstracts of doctoral theses.

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Nor is the relationship between language ‘competence’ and language ‘use’ a straightforward one for the former seems crucially to depend on the latter, as can be clearly seen in language attrition (cf. Seliger & Vago 1991 ). It is these considerations – of asymmetrical mapping and of use – that bring social parameters into the picture. A further complication is added by the so-called indigenized varieties of some European languages, particularly English (for obvious reasons behind its international spread).

The term ‘near-native’ suggests that there must still be a reason to make the distinction between native and non-native, irrespective of someone’s command of the language. If that reason is not linguistic in nature, it must be socio-political. Most of this response will be about this interpretation. The second interpretation Singh discusses in his key-note is another issue familiar from the discussions on World Englishes that have been going on 48 Ad Backus for some time now: is there any linguistically relevant reason to distinguish the English from monolingual speakers in places like the US, Britain and Australia from that of bilingual speakers in places like India, Singapore and Nigeria?

Notes 1. An earlier version of this paper was delivered as the key-note address at the Symposium on “Indian English/English in India”, The Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, January 3, 2007. References Afendras, A. Evangelos et al. 1995 Discussion: On ‘new/non-native’ Englishes: A gamelan. Journal of Pragmatics 24: 283–294. Coulmas, F. ) 1981 A Festschrift for Native Speaker. The Hague: Mouton. Crystal, D. 1985 I could not make love in English, said one man to Professor Crystal. In Thomas M.

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