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Lecture on varieties of English

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, Aug 25 - �We have no other option but to accept and promote the legitimacy of the evolving varieties of English, and accordingly, re-orient the approach and methodology of teaching English and radically revise the teaching materials for both practical and cultural reasons.�

This observation was made by Anindya Syam Choudhury, Associate Professor, Dept of English, Assam University, Silchar at a lecture programme on the topic �From English to Englishes and Beyond: Reconceptualising English Studies in Contemporary Time�, organised by the Dept of English, Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia College here on August 24, according to a press release today.

Associate Professor Syam focused on how the emergence of �Englishes� led to the decentering of the standard English varieties of the UK and the USA. He also highlighted issues related to linguistic and socio- linguistic creativity involved in the process.

The lecture was inaugurated by Dr Sikhamoni Konwar, Principal of the college.

Earlier on August 11, Dr Dhrubajyoti Das, Associate Professor, Dept of English, Cotton University also delivered a lecture in the English department of the college on the topic �Victorian Conflict and Matthew Arnold�s Poetry�. In his lecture Dr Das reflected upon how the Victorian period witnessed the growth of materialism, scientific inventions, social and political theorising and spread of Marxism. These changes shook the minds of Victorian public and led them towards internal conflict, he said.

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