The aim of this panel is to explore the issues of linguistic consequences, e.g. language shift and creation of lingua francas which occurred due to the immigration and internal migration of various speech communities in the different regions of South Asia and it neighboring regions throughout the history.
The proposed panel will explore the issues relating to the migration and its linguistic consequences in South Asia and its neighboring regions throughout the history. The immigration of various speech communities occurred in South Asia in phases throughout the history. It frequently occurred coincided with the occurrence of conquest and colonization. The immigration of the Aryans and Central Asians, and the colonization by the British (and partly by the Tibetan) caused to shape the linguistic composition of South Asia. Therefore, the language situation which now persists in South Asia has been gradually created through language contact by involving the process of contact between the languages of immigrants' speech communities and indigenous communities. The pattern of language contact, however, changed over time with the occurrence of each major flow of migration. Regardless of the pattern of language contact, the immigrants' languages played dominant roles, and caused to change the languages of both immigrant and native speech communities and create a few lingua francas in the different regions of South Asia. Accordingly, the proposed panel will address the following issues relating to the linguistic consequences of migration in South Asia. a) Time line of major events of migration of various speech communities in the language situation of South Asia and its neighboring regions. b) Linguistic consequences of the immigration of various speech communities in South Asia and its neighboring regions and its neighboring regions. c) Process of creation of lingua francas due to the linguistic consequences of migration in South Asia and its neighboring regions. d) Present trend of language contact due to the migration in the language situation in South Asia and its neighboring regions.