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‘Nepenglish’ or ‘Nepali English’: A New Version of English?

Sharma, S., Joshi, P. and van Teijlingen, E., 2015. ‘Nepenglish’ or ‘Nepali English’: A New Version of English? Asian Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 4 (2), 188 - 193.

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English is a living language and different native and non-native speakers develop English in slightly different ways. This paper argues that it is time to consider whether we should study the English spoken by native Nepali speakers (Nepenglish) as a separately developing variant of English. The question is particularly intriguing since Nepali English bears such a similarity with Indian English, as both are largely based on originally Sanskrit-based languages. The examples of Nepali English used in this paper are from notes taken by the three authors during speeches in English by native Nepali speakers as well as from published articles. Further evidence was found in draft papers and PhD chapters submitted by Nepali students to the third author.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:21967
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:19 May 2015 11:11
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:51


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