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Multilingualism in India

Debi Prasanna Pattanayak (Editor)
Synopsis Multilingualism in India is a challenging and stimulating study of the nature and structure of multilingualism in the Indian subcontinent. India, with 1652 mother tongues, between 200 and 700 languages belonging to four language families, written in ten major script systems and a host of minor ones, represents multilingualism unparalleled in the democratic world. With a multitude of communities, its multilingualism matches its pluriculturalism. The articles in this book discuss sociology, psychology, pedagogy and demographic aspects of multilingualism. They bring out some of the salient problems of literacy in a multilingual world and give a language planning perspective. The volume ends with a discussion on language and social identity. In a multilingual country like India, many languages are mutually supportive and complement one another. Identities are layered and larger identities encompass the smaller ones without absorbing them. The unique social document will appeal equally to linguists, social scientists and educators, while offering new insights to all those interested in differences among social groups and how communication in different settings unites them. It will enable the reader to enter into the classroom, a tribal home, and contexts in which multilingual discourses take place, in order to understand the many deeply ingrained language habits, values, and attitudes of India.
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About the author

Debi Prasanna Pattanayak

Debi Prasanna Pattanayak retired as the Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. He was honoured with the Padmashree in 1987. His interests are multilingualism and mother tongue education, minor, minority and endangered languages, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, applied linguistics, computational linguistics, folklore and lexicography.

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Bibliographic information

Title Multilingualism in India
Format Softcover
Date published: 11.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8125030735, 9788125030737
length xii+116p., tables; Notes; References; Index; 21cm.