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Language in South Asia

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Ronald E. Asher, Karumuri V. Subbarao, Yamuna Kachru, S. A. H. Abidi, Ravinder Gargesh, Tej K. Bhatia, Rakesh M. Bhatt, Ahmar Mahboob, Anvita Abbi, Madhav Deshpande, Ashok Aklujkar, E. Annamalai, S. N. Sridhar, Ian Smith, Rama Kant Agnihotri, Peter Daniels, Robert L. King, Vijay Bhatia, Rajesh Sharma, Robert Baumgardner, Wimal Dissanayake, Rajeshwari Pandharipande, Tamara Valentine, Eleanor Zelliot, Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Rajend Meshtrie, Kamal K. Sridhar
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  • Date Published: April 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521786539

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  • South Asia is a rich and fascinating linguistic area, its many hundreds of languages from four major language families representing the distinctions of caste, class, profession, religion, and region. This comprehensive new volume presents an overview of the language situation in this vast subcontinent in a linguistic, historical and sociolinguistic context. An invaluable resource, it comprises authoritative contributions from leading international scholars within the fields of South Asian language and linguistics, historical linguistics, cultural studies and area studies. Topics covered include the ongoing linguistic processes, controversies, and implications of language modernization; the functions of South Asian languages within the legal system, media, cinema, and religion; language conflicts and politics, and Sanskrit and its long traditions of study and teaching. Language in South Asia is an accessible interdisciplinary book for students and scholars in sociolinguistics, multilingualism, language planning and South Asian studies.

    • Includes authoritative contributions from international scholars within the field of South Asian language and linguistics
    • Presents an overview of the language situation in South Asia in a linguistic, historical and sociolinguistic context
    • Includes end of chapter review questions to allow the reader to monitor their understanding of the material
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    • Date Published: April 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521786539
    • length: 632 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 9 maps 65 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Languages, contexts and constructs Braj B. Kachru
    Part I. Language History, Families and Typology:
    1. Language in historical context Ronald E. Asher
    2. Typological characteristics of South Asian languages Karumuri V. Subbarao
    Part II. Languages and their Functions:
    3. Hindi, Urdu, Hindustani Yamuna Kachru
    4. Persian in South Asia S. A. H. Abidi and Ravinder Gargesh
    5. Major regional languages Tej K. Bhatia
    6. Minority languages and their status Rakesh M. Bhatt and Ahmar Mahboob
    7. Tribal languages Anvita Abbi
    Part III. Sanskrit and Traditions of Language Study:
    8. Sanskrit in the South Asian sociolinguistics Madhav Deshpande
    9. Traditions of language study Ashok Aklujkar
    Part IV. Multilingualism, Contact and Convergence:
    10. Contexts of multilingualism E. Annamalai
    11. Language contact and convergence S.N. Sridhar
    12. Pidgins, creoles and bazaar Hindi Ian Smith
    Part V. Orality, Literacy, and Writing Systems:
    13. Orality and literacy Rama Kant Agnihotri
    14. Writing systems Peter Daniels
    Part VI. Language, State and Education:
    15. Language politics and conflicts Robert L. King
    Part VII. Language Standardization and Modernization:
    16. Language modernization S. N. Sridhar
    Part VIII. Language and Discourse:
    17. Language in social and ethnic interaction Yamuna Kachru
    18. Language and the legal system Vijay Bhatia and Rajesh Sharma
    19. Language in media and advertising Tej K. Bhatia and Robert Baumgardner
    20. Language in cinema Wimal Dissanayake
    21. Language of religion Rajeshwari Pandharipande
    Part IX. Language and Identity:
    22. Language and gender Tamara Valentine
    23. Dalit literature, language, and identity Eleanor Zelliot
    24. Language and youth culture Rukmini Bhaya Nair
    Part X. Languages in Diaspora:
    25. Languages in diaspora Rajend Meshtrie
    26. South Asian diaspora in Europe and the US Kamal K. Sridhar.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Language and Society in South Asia
    • Language in Asia
  • Editors

    Braj B. Kachru, University of Illinois, Chicago
    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, University of Illinois, Chicago
    Yamuna Kachru is Professor Emerita of Linguistics at the University of Illinois.

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

    Contributors

    Ronald E. Asher, Karumuri V. Subbarao, Yamuna Kachru, S. A. H. Abidi, Ravinder Gargesh, Tej K. Bhatia, Rakesh M. Bhatt, Ahmar Mahboob, Anvita Abbi, Madhav Deshpande, Ashok Aklujkar, E. Annamalai, S. N. Sridhar, Ian Smith, Rama Kant Agnihotri, Peter Daniels, Robert L. King, Vijay Bhatia, Rajesh Sharma, Robert Baumgardner, Wimal Dissanayake, Rajeshwari Pandharipande, Tamara Valentine, Eleanor Zelliot, Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Rajend Meshtrie, Kamal K. Sridhar

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