Pakistani Cultural Discourse in English Language - An Analysis of Bapsi Sidhwa's Fiction
by Iqtadar, Rida
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This book reveals how native cultural patterns of thought and behavior mould the shape of English in Pakistan and turn it a contextually appropriate language variety, deviant from British Standard English and American English. The author has analysed this language variety (Pakistani English) both at formal and expressive domains of the language such as lexis, syntax, semantics, idioms, etc. The study relies on Bapsi Sidhwa's works to provide examples of local standard English variety. Moreover, it is argued in this book that local subject matter, culture bound linguistic and discoursal features, characters, themes, and culture specific structural forms do not appear in Sidhwa's works as decorative device to attract the world market. Rather, all of them serve as meaningful cultural markers and being essential in the context, evolve naturally in her works. The analysis in this study maintains that like all mature artists, Sidhwa manifests responsibility towards readers by ensuring the international intelligibility of her language in fiction.
There is dearth of research in non-native varieties of English used in Pakistan. Keeping this in view, Rida Iqtadar, Lecturer at Government College University Lahore Pakistan, has produced a comprehensive research, in her MPhil dissertation (2011), published in this book, on Pakistani English used by an acclaimed writer Bapsi Sidhwa in her fiction.
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LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
19 July 2012
0.22 x 0.15 x 0.009 m; 0.281 kg