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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 26, 2012 No Comment
An accent on English

My father recently recounted an anecdote from his post-graduate years at the University of Moscow in the mid-1960s. He and his friend-we’ll call him Dr. Ramanna-were chatting amongst themselves on a cold, wintry day, surrounded by a slew of Russian colleagues. One Russian gentleman seated nearby inquired: What languages were […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 30, 2011 No Comment
“I am from Delhi only.”

Recently, exchanging pleasantries with a doctor in a suburb of Delhi, I responded, upon being asked where I was from, “I am from Delhi only” (feeling no little pride at my flawless command of Indian English). She shook her head and said, “No, your accent? You are not from here…” I sheepishly sputtered, “I live […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 12, 2010 2 Comments
Accentism in Arizona

A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye, summarized in these unsettling lines:

The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English.

It is […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 21, 2009 No Comment
What’s in a Name?

I kept wondering why the airport shuttle taking passengers from nearby hotels to Heathrow Airport was called the “HotelHoppa.” It just sounded so “unjazzy,” so irrelevant. I “got” the hotel part, and figured Hoppa was a proper noun, maybe the last name of the founder of the company or some such thing. But it […]

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