Language in South Asia (Google eBook)

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Braj B. Kachru, Yamuna Kachru, S. N. Sridhar
Cambridge University Press, Mar 27, 2008 - Foreign Language Study
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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.
  

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I would highly recommend this book for beginner and intermediate students of linguistics. Some of the chapters, such as those by Deshpande, Abidi & Gargesh and Bhatt & Mahboob are excellently written and contain insights difficult to find elsewhere. The style used by most of the authors is lucid and none of the chapters suffer from nebulous, obscure and deliberately technical language. 

Contents

languages contexts and constructs
1
Sumitra Mangesh Katre 19061998
24
Language in historical context
31
HindiUrduHindustani
81
Persian in South Asia
103
Major regional languages
121
Minority languages and their status
132
Tribal languages
153
Language modernization in Kannada
327
Language in social and ethnic interaction
345
Language and the legal system
361
Language in the media and advertising
377
Wimal Dissanayake
395
Language of religion
407
Language and gender
429
Dalit literature language and identity
450

Sanskrit in the South Asian sociolinguistic context
177
Ashok Aklujkar
189
Contexts of multilingualism
223
Language contact and convergence in South Asia
235
Pidgins Creoles and Bazaar Hindi
253
Orality and literacy
271
Writing systems of major and minor languages
285
Language politics and conflicts in South Asia
311
Language and youth culture
466
South Asian languages in the second diaspora
497
South Asian diaspora in Europe and the United States
515
References
534
Subject Index
588
Language Index
597
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About the author (2008)

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.