Language Dominance in India

Simone Harlev Lund, Nina Vigholt Olsen, Marie Schou Tornøe & Amalie Frejvald Edske

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This paper aims at investigating language dominance in India, in particular the dominance of the English language. It explores the history and spread of English under the British Rule and what impact it has left on the Indian society. It investigates the ideas of capitalism, linguistic human rights and English imperialism, uncovering the relationship of dominance between majority and minority languages in an Indian context. Additionally, the paper examines these issues by looking into the language policy “three-language formula”, in order to see if it provides rights for the minorities. From this language policy, the paper looks into which educational opportunities the Indian population have, based on the language(s) they speak. Furthermore, this paper investigates the language planning of Hindi and English in India, uncovering a monolingual mind-set, which lies behind the education system, continuingly promoting English imperialism. The paper comes to conclude, that the existence of linguistic dominance between English and other languages in India, both create inequalities between English and other languages, as well as provides India with global connections.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
VejledereAnne Fabricius