Language in South Asia

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This volume presents an overview of the language situation in this vast subcontinent in a linguistic, historical and sociolinguistic context. Language in South Asia is an accessible interdisciplinary book for students and scholars in sociolinguistics, multilingualism, language planning and South Asian studies.
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' ... substantial collection of essays, and certainly should not keep curious readers ... from delving into these fascinating studies ... Herman Tull, The Journal of Asian Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521781411
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2008
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Braj B. Kachru is Center for Advanced Study Professor of Linguistics and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Emeritus at the University of Illinois.

Yamuna Kachru is Professor Emerita of Linguistics at the University of Illinois.

S. N. Sridhar is Professor and Chair at the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction: languages, contexts, and constructs Braj B. Kachru Kachru, Braj B. 1

Pt. 1 Language history, families, and typology 29

1 Language in historical context R. E. Asher Asher, R. E. 31

2 Typological characteristics of South Asian languages Karumuri V. Subbarao Subbarao, Karumuri V. 49

Pt. 2 Languages and their functions 79

3 Hindi-Urdu-Hindustani Yamuna Kachru Kachru, Yamuna 81

4 Persian in South Asia S. A. H. Abidi Abidi, S. A. H. Ravinder Gargesh Gargesh, Ravinder 103

5 Major regional languages Tej K. Bhatia Bhatia, Tej K. 121

6 Minority languages and their status Rakesh M. Bhatt Bhatt, Rakesh M. Ahmar Mahboob Mahboob, Ahmar 132

7 Tribal languages Anvita Abbi Abbi, Anvita 153

Pt. 3 Sanskrit and traditions of language study 175

8 Sanskrit in the South Asian sociolinguistic context Madhav M. Deshpande Deshpande, Madhav M. 177

9 Traditions of language study in South Asia Ashok Aklujkar Aklujkar, Ashok 189

Pt. 4 Multilingualism, contact, and convergence 221

10 Contexts of multilingualism E. Annamalai Annamalai, E. 223

11 Language contact and convergence in South Asia S. N. Sridhar Sridhar, S. N. 235

12 Pidgins, Creoles, and Bazaar Hindi Ian Smith Smith, Ian 253

Pt. 5 Orality, literacy, and writing systems 269

13 Orality and literacy Ranta Kant Agnihotri Agnihotri, Ranta Kant 271

14 Writing systems of major and minor languages Peter T. Daniels Daniels, Peter T. 285

Pt. 6 Language conflicts 309

15 Language politics and conflicts in South Asia Robert D. King King, Robert D. 311

Pt. 7 Language and modernization 325

16 Language modernization in Kannada S. N.Sridhar Sridhar, S. N. 327

Pt. 8 Language and discourse 343

17 Language in social and ethnic interaction Yamuna Kachru Kachru, Yamuna 345

18 Language and the legal system Vijay K. Bhatia Bhatia, Vijay K. Rajesh Sharma Sharma, Rajesh 361

19 Language in the media and advertising Tej K. Bhatia Bhatia, Tej K. Robert J. Baumgardner Baumgardner, Robert J. 377

20 Language in cinema Wimal Dissanayake Dissanayake, Wimal 395

21 Language of religion Rajeshwari V. Pandharipande Pandharipande, Rajeshwari V. 407

Pt. 9 Language and identity 427

22 Language and gender Tamara M. Valentine Valentine, Tamara M. 429

23 Dalit literature, language, and identity Eleanor Zelliot Zelliot, Eleanor 450

24 Language and youth culture Rukmini Bhaya Nair Nair, Rukmini Bhaya 466

Pt. 10 Languages in diaspora 495

25 South Asian languages in the second diaspora Rajend Mesthrie Mesthrie, Rajend 497

26 South Asian diaspora in Europe and the United States Kamal K. Sridhar Sridhar, Kamal K. 515

References 534

Subject Index 588

Language Index 597

Author Index 601

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