Author:Meena Jain (Govt. Girls P.G. College, Khandwa)
Paper short abstract:
Bilingualism is a common phenomenon in India. We are all instinctively bilingual. the speakers' socio-cultural profile, such as their linguistic background, status, age, sex, medium of instruction find out correlations between the subjects' language use.
Paper long abstract:
Bilingualism is a common phenomenon in India. We are all instinctively bilingual. A large proportion of the world's population is bilingual. English, Hindi and other Indian languages varies from state to state and from person to person, and we have a 'cline of bilingualism' (Kachru 1965). The present work focuses on these processes in the general context of bilingualism.
For the purpose of survey the native speakers of Hindi were chosen. There were two main steps in the investigation. First with the help of questionnaire the interviews with 100 informants belonging to different strata of society were conducted. Secondly the speech of 20 subjects with the help of tape-recorder was recorded.
For the convenience of analysis and discussion the sociolinguistic constructs, the concepts of 'recurrent domains' (Pride1971) and 'situations' (Firth1957) were employed. The questionnaire also sought information regarding the speakers' socio-cultural profile, such as their linguistic background, status, age, sex, medium of instruction and attitude to English, with a view to finding out correlations between these and the subjects' language use.
Language movement in India