By Arjuna Parakrama

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At any rate, Indian English is theoretically important precisely because it renders such unexamined categories such as the native/nonnative dichotomy suspectY Kachru faults Prator for 'the sin of ethnocentrism' by pointing to his 'intellectually and empirically unjustified view concerning the homogeneity and speech uniformity of American society'. Prator makes the strange claim that 'social classes are difficult to distinguish in the United States, and social dialects show relatively little systemic variation' (p.

Notwithstanding all the distinctions and reservations outlined so far, it does make sense to speak about a 23. See below for the articulation of this problematic in terms of South Asian English. 24. Colin MacCabe (1990) p. 3. 16 De-Hegemonizing Language Standards standard in the 'British' context. This standard needs to be broadened, it needs to be continually revised, and even then it is not to be entirely trusted, but whether we like it or not, it remains more or less in place. The standard is in effect, and is based, however loosely, on shared assumptions and on a network of mechanisms such as the school system, a common historical narrative, and, perhaps most importantly, the conservative consequences of printing and communication technology which literally fixes the language.

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