Atlas of the languages and ethnic communities of South Asia
This geographical atlas constitutes the first systematic presentation of the spatial and quantitative characteristics of the distribution of languages in the seven countries of South Asia. This atlas enables readers to actually see the geographical location, extension, and linguistic affinities of any of the numerous languages spoken in South Asia by combining and comparing language data from various national censuses. Part I introduces the reader to the relationship between language and the complex ethnocultural structure of the subcontinent. Professor J. L. Breton stresses both the importance of and difficulties in analyzing the vitality of South Asian language groups and examines the similarities and differences in language use and various ethnic traits among similar population groups. The second part-which comprises 60 plates along with supporting text-is devoted to graphically analyzing various aspects including regional distribution of language and ethnic communities; the relationship between language and race, tribe, caste, and religion; the main linguistic minorities; and ethno-political factors. Atlas of the Languages and Ethnic Communities of South Asia, Second Edition will be an indispensable reference and resource tool to academics, students, and researchers interested in linguistics, geography, cultural studies, reference, anthropology, ethnology, and political science.
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Preface to the Second Edition
INDIA AS AN EXEMPLARY LABORATORY FOR THE COEXISTENCE
FROM LANGUAGE DYNAMICS TO LINGUISM
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acculturation Andhra Pradesh Arunachal Assam Assamese Baluchistan Bangladesh Bengali Bhili Bhotiyas Bihar bilingual Birhor Bodo border Buddhist caste Census cent central century Chota Nagpur communities cultural Dardic Deccan Delhi dialect Dimasa distribution District dotted map Dravidian eastern ethnic groups ethno-linguistic ethnograms Garo geographical Gonds guages Gujarati Hills Himalayan Hindi Belt Hinduized Hindus Hindustani India Indo-Aryan Iranian Jammu & Kashmir Kannada Karbi Karnataka Kerala Khasi Konkani Kuki-Chin Kukis Language Family linguistic Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra mainly Malayalam Manipur Marathi million speakers minority Mizos mother tongue mother tongue speakers Munda Muslims Myanmar Naga Nepal Nilgiri northern Oraon Orissa Oriya Pahari Pakistan percent plains Plate population provinces Punjabi Pushto Rabha Rajasthani regional language Sanskrit Santali Scheduled Tribe script second language shows Sikhs Sindhi southern speaking spoken Sri Lanka subcontinent Tajik Tamil Nadu Telugu territory Tibetan Tibeto-Burman tion tribal languages Tripura Urdu Urdu speakers valley West Bengal western