Language in South Asia

ISBN-10: 0521786533

ISBN-13: 9780521786539

Edition: 2007

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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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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/27/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 632
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

Introduction: Languages, contexts and constructs
Language History, Families and Typology
Language in historical context
Typological characteristics of South Asian languages
Languages and their Functions
Hindi, Urdu, Hindustani
Persian in South Asia
Major regional languages
Minority languages and their status
Tribal languages
Sanskrit and Traditions of Language Study
Sanskrit in the South Asian sociolinguistics
Traditions of language study
Multilingualism, Contact and Convergence
Contexts of multilingualism
Language contact and convergence
Pidgins, creoles and bazaar
Orality, Literacy, and Writing Systems
Orality and literacy
Writing systems
Language, State and Education
Language politics and conflicts
Language Standardization and Modernization
Language modernization
Language and Discourse
Language in social and ethnic interaction
Language and the legal system
Language in media and advertising
Language in cinema
Language of religion
Language and Identity
Language and gender
Dalit literature, language, and identity
Language and youth culture
Languages in Diaspora
Languages in diaspora
South Asian diaspora in Europe and the US
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