Indian English editors and consultants

Indian English consultants

Indian English consultant profiles

Prof Paul Gunashekar

Prof Paul Gunashekar, OED consultant for Indian English

Paul Gunashekar taught English, trained teachers of English, and developed instructional materials for English Language Teaching for over forty-three years.  Educated in Bangalore and London, he was a Professor in the Department of Materials Development, Testing and Evaluation at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. Having served the university as Proctor, Dean of English Language Education, Dean of Publishing, and Acting Vice Chancellor at different times, he retired from EFLU in October 2017. 

Professor Gunashekar has authored, co-authored and edited over two hundred and fifty English teaching books for national agencies like NCERT, CBSE, National Institute of Open Schooling, IGNOU, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (Tirupati), and Rajeev Gandhi Central University; state agencies like the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Government of Tripura, the Government of Mizoram, the Government of Orissa, and the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society; and Oxford University Press India.   

Professor Gunashekar has conducted over a thousand teacher-training workshops in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Tanzania.  He has presented papers at conferences and symposiums in the UK, Holland, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, apart from India. He has several research publications, notably the Directory of ELT Research in India, and edited the EFLU research journal Languaging. He is adviser and Indian English consultant to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary and The Oxford English Dictionary. 

Dr Meghana Kamble

Mghana Kamble, OED consultant for Indian English

Meghana Kamble is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is an applied developmental psychologist with a practice and leadership background in clinical psychology (India). Her core research is in parenting, family and community-based intervention(s) for parental mental health and wellbeing to foster children’s early speech, language, and communication development. She is currently a Lecturer in Psychology for the pre-registration Speech and Language Therapy programme at the University of East Anglia. She has a broad-ranging academic and clinical research profile that expands into family-centered practices, women’s health, and health inequalities. 

Prof Elinor Payne

Indian English consultant, Prof Elinor Payne

Elinor Payne is Professor of Phonetics and Phonology at the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics. Her research focuses on speech variation – how it arises, what shapes it and how speakers use it – and its relationship to phonology. Within this frame, she has worked on speech timing and prosody, in adult and child speech, for a range of languages. Current research interests include the effects of speech context (especially who the speaker is talking to) and variation arising from societal multilingualism and contact linguistics, looking in particular at variation and convergence in Indian English, as spoken in India and the diaspora. She currently holds a Leverhulme International Academic Fellowship, during which she will be exploring the impact of migration (both within India and internationally) on Indian English. 

Prof Pingali Sailaja

Indian English consultant, Prof Pingali Sailaja

Pingali Sailaja is a Professor in the Centre for English Language Studies, University of Hyderabad, India, of which she was the founding Director. She has taught in the University for over three decades. She was also the Head of the English Department in the University, and Dean, School of Humanities. 

Her books include English Words: Structure, Formation and Literature. (2004, Mumbai: Pertinent Publishers) and Indian English (2009, Edinburgh University Press). She has published articles in areas of her interest in, among others, ELT JournalLanguage and Linguistics Compass, and in Handbooks brought out by Oxford University Press and Edinburgh University Press. Her current research interests are in historical, educational and linguistic aspects of English in India; phonology and morphology; varieties of English; and the teaching of English as a second language, with focus on language assessment.  

She was a Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, a DAAD Visiting Professor, University of Muenster, Germany, and an Erasmus+ Visiting Professor, Freie University, Berlin.