Language Attitude of Pakistani Under-Graduate Students towards Non-Native Speakers

  • Dr. Uzma Imtiaz Assistant Professor, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi
  • Dr. Aisha Jadoon Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Ali Naqi PhD Scholar, Foundation University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Keywords: English, Non-native Speakers, Applied Linguistics, Cultures, Pluricentricity


English used by native English speakers was being followed as a standard token of usage for non-native English speakers for a longer time. However, with the spread of knowledge and technology, the English language across the world has provoked a much-heated debate about these norms whether they should be followed by the non-native English speaker or not. The present paper explores the response of Pakistani undergraduate university students about the effectiveness of the non-native English model of communication by using Kachru’s monocentric model which refutes the standard model of English language to focus more on conventional norms together with native politico-cultural needs. For this purpose, this study used a close-ended questionnaire that asked the non-native English speakers responses to the audio of three different English speeches Different varieties of spoken English existing across the Pakistani society point towards the strong influence of culture over language. This research concludes that the English language has now got the status of pluricentricity based on micro-level variation, so it is impossible to rely on a single communication model for language users considering their diversity.