Language in South Asia
Braj B. Kachru, Yamuna Kachru, S. N. Sridhar
Cambridge University Press, Mar 27, 2008 - Foreign Language Study - 608 pages
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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Aryan Bangladesh Bazaar Hindi Bengali Bhojpuri Bihar bilingual Brahmanical Buddhist Census century chapter cinema communities conﬂict consonant context creoles culture Dalit deﬁned Delhi Devanagari dialect discourse discussion domain Dravidian languages English ethnic example express ﬁgures ﬁlms ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁrst forms gender grammar guage Gujarati Hindi Hindi—Urdu Hindu honoriﬁc identiﬁed identity India Indian languages Indo-Aryan Indo-Aryan languages inﬂuence Islam Kachru Kannada Kashmiri language shift lexiﬁer linguistic literary literature major Malayalam Marathi marker minority languages mother tongue MSA languages multilingual Muslim Nagamese Nepal noun number of speakers ofﬁcial language one’s oral Pakistan Panini percent Persian pidgins political population Pradesh Prakrit Punjabi reﬂected regional languages religion religious Sanskrit script signiﬁcant Sinhala social sociolinguistic South Asia South Asian languages speciﬁc speech spoken Sri Lanka subcontinent sufﬁx Table Tamil Telugu texts Tibeto-Burman Tibeto-Burman languages tradition tribal languages Urdu variety verb vowels women words youth