The People’s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities.
This volume of the People’s Linguistic Survey of India, The Languages of Rajasthan recognises all the languages spoken in Rajasthan within its geographical boundary. The languages have been identified on the basis of people’s knowledge and they have been accorded the status of independent languages, avoiding the distinction between language, dialect and sub-dialect. An important feature of this survey is that people have been given the freedom to name their languages.
G. N. Devy is the chief editor of the PLSI series. He taught at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, till 1996 before leaving to set up the Bhasha Research Centre in Baroda and the Adivasi Akademi at Tejgadh, where he worked towards conserving and promoting the languages and culture of indigenous and nomadic communities. Apart from being awarded the Padma Shree, he has received many awards for his work in literature and language conservation.
Madan Meena is a visual artist and researcher who has worked extensively with artists and craft-persons of Rajasthan. He has documented and exhibited mandana wall paintings created by the women of the Meena community. He has also worked on the secret language of the Kanjar community. For this he received a fellowship from the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, USA. He was the state coordinator for ICSSR’s survey of the educational status of the nomadic and de-notified tribes of Rajasthan. His publications include Joy of Creativity, Nurturing Walls and Tejaji Gatha.
Suraj Rao is Assistant Registrar, MDS University, Ajmer. He has a PhD from Jain Vishava Bharti Institute, Rajasthan and is currently doing his post-doctoral research at the Department of Rajasthani, MLSU, Udaipur. He has participated in a number of national and international conferences and presented papers on language, literature, folklore, the cultural heritage of Rajasthan and Ancient Indian History. He was felicitated by the Government of Rajasthan for his contribution to Rajasthani language and literature.
The People’s Linguistic Survey of India
The National Editorial Collective
List of Volumes
A Nation Proud of Its Language Diversity: Chief Editor’s Introduction
Political Map of Rajasthan
Introduction to the Volume
Contributors to the Volume
An Appeal to Readers
Language Map of Rajasthan
List of Languages Covered in this Volume