P36


Language death and language preservation in South Asia 
Convenor:
Hugo Cardoso (Universidade de Lisboa)
Location:
C405
Start time:
25 July, 2012 at 14:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:
2

Short Abstract:

Although historically South Asia has been among the richest linguistic ecologies in the world, as well as a hotbed of multilingualism and contact, recent reports clarify that obsolescence/death are now conspicuous there. This panel takes an encompassing look at the issue, from various perspectives.

Long Abstract

Although historically South Asia has been among the richest linguistic ecologies in the world, as well as a hotbed of multilingualism and contact, recent reports clarify that obsolescence and death are now conspicuous in the region. Endowed with more knowledge than ever before, South Asian nations now face the challenge and opportunity to tackle the problem more effectively than other countries have in the past. In this respect, we will attempt to ascertain whether the threat to South Asia's linguistic diversity can be quantified, what the root causes are, and also analyse how the topic has been addressed in the South Asian media/education or what reactions it has elicited from policy-makers and members of the society at large. Despite the global reach of the problem, there is no assurance that scenarios which have been identified elsewhere apply in every region of the planet; therefore, we are also interested in finding out if there is any specificity or recurrent risk factors in the South Asian context, so as to develop better-suited solutions.

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