Language as Privilege: English and its Others in Contemporary India

Language as Privilege: English and its Others in Contemporary India

CSH Delhi is pleased to invite you to particpate to S. Desphande's lecture on "Language as Privilege: English and its Others in Contemporary India"
 
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In India, the link between English and social privilege has been treated as self-evident for some time now. But our complacency about its role as a marker of distinction, and especially about the precise modalities by which it achieves its effects, may be misplaced. Never simple even in the past, the contemporary place and functioning of the English language is more complicated than might seem at first glance. Two sites of inquiry seem particularly promising—modes of acquisition, and relational dynamics. How is English acquired, and what are the consequences of its being acquired in particular ways? If the potency of English is primarily relational, how do we begin to describe the variety of ways in which it interacts with Indian languages?
 
Language as Privilege: English and its Others in Contemporary India