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Thursday, May 23, 2013

"Hindi is our mother, but English is a beautiful prostitute."

"(M)Other Tongue Syndrome: From Breast to Bottle" is an essay that draws on Illich's thoughts about mother tongue and taught language. The 2001 piece is by a linguist named Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay, of the Indian Statistical Institute, and it is available here. It looks at the tension in post-colonial India between Hindi and English.

1 comment:

debaprasad bandyopadhyay said...

The paper is now available at:

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