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The English Project promotes awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future. We try to present ideas about English in an intelligent, entertaining, inclusive and interactive way. Our hope is that a greater understanding and enjoyment of English can enrich people’s lives and enable them to make more of the exceptional cultural and communications phenomenon which English has become. We intend to reach a broadly-based audience, globally, socially, ethnically and by age amongst English’s two billion speakers worldwide (that's as a first or second language).

The English Language Day Lecture: Univ of Winchester, 13th October 2017

'The Making of English in India' by David Graddol

The East India Company arrived at Surat in India in 1607. David will explore the role it played in expanding the use of English in India, focusing especially on events leading up to the infamous Macaulay's Minute in 1835, regarded by many Indians today as the moment English was 'imposed' on the country. The historic evidence suggests a story which is much more complex, involving many public figures of the time, and which provides interesting parallels for the rise of English in corporate India today. 

David is an acclaimed linguist perhaps best known for his ground-breaking 1997 book The future of English?, published by the British Council, in which he offered a number of compelling scenarios for how English as a world language might develop. Most notably, he pointed out that native speakers of English are or will soon be outnumbered by those who speak English as a second or foreign language.

While rooted in the history of the East India Company, David's lecture will stimulate a contemporary conversation about the continuing story of English in India today, a fitting celebration of the Anglo-Indian cultural collaboration in 2017. Doors open at 17:45. The lecture is free but registration is required. Click here for more details

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