Our 2017 Annual Theme: Indian English
Recognising that this year marks the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, the English Project has adopted 'Indian English' as its annual theme. IE is a rich and fascinating variety of English with a history dating back over 200yrs during which English and many native Indian languages closely coexisted and modified one another. Today IE is one of the most widely spoken and characterful varieties of English with distinct sounds, grammar, vocabulary and culture.
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The English Project promotes awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future. We try to present ideas about English in an intelligent, entertaining, inclusive and interactive way. Our hope is that a greater understanding and enjoyment of English can enrich people’s lives and enable them to make more of the exceptional cultural and communications phenomenon which English has become. We intend to reach a broadly-based audience, globally, socially, ethnically and by age amongst English’s two billion speakers worldwide (that's as a first or second language).
The English Project and Indian English
In November 2016 the UK government announced that 2017 would be 'UK-India Year of Culture' and unveiled a number of cultural activities and exchanges to celebrate the 70th anniversary of India's independence. As part of this cultural activity the English Project saw a welcome opportunity to explore one of the most interesting varieties of English; that spoken (to some extent) by perhaps 300M people in India and its surrounding countries. A population which dwarfs that of the UK and rivals the number of English speakers in the US. The close proximity of English with many local indian languages since the days ... Read more