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The Languages of West Bengal: People’s Linguistic Survey of India, Volume Thirty-one, Part Two
G. N. Devy (Chief editor), Sankar Prasad Singha, Indranil Acharya (eds.)
Price
2995.00
ISBN
9789352878413
Language
English
Pages
612
Format
Hardback
Dimensions
180 x 240 mm
Year of Publishing
2022
Territorial Rights
World
Imprint
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The People’s Linguistic Survey of India provides an overview of the extant and dying languages of India, as perceived by their speakers. It is the culmination of a nation-wide survey of languages, documented by linguists, writers, social activists and, most importantly, members of different speech communities. The work chronicles the evolution of these languages until 2011, and incorporates their socio-political and cultural dimensions. Critically, it encapsulates the world view of the speakers of the languages.

The state of West Bengal is unique in that the languages spoken in the state belong to four different language families––Austroasiatic, Dravidian, Indo-European and Tibeto-Burman. The geographical location of the state and its contiguity with other states and countries contributes to the wide variety and richness of languages in the state. The Languages of West Bengal documents not only the five Scheduled languages spoken in the state (Bangla, Bodo, Santhali, Nepali and Urdu) but also 23 Non-Scheduled languages spoken there. This volume also includes a chapter on nine endangered languages of north Bengal.

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. There, he worked towards conserving and promoting the languages and culture of indigenous and nomadic communities. Apart from being awarded the Padma Shri, he has received many awards for his work in literature and language conservation.

Sankar Prasad Singha is retired Professor, Department of English, Vidyasagar University. He has authored, edited and translated seven books.

Indranil Acharya is Professor, Department of English, Vidyasagar University. He has authored, edited and translated six books.

The People’s Linguistic Survey of India
The National Editorial Collective
List of Volumes
Acknowledgements
Foreword
A Nation Proud of Its Language Diversity: Chief Editor’s Introduction  
Introduction
Editorial
Contributors to the Volume
An Appeal to Readers
List of Languages Covered in the Volume

PART I: SCHEDULED LANGUAGES
1. Bangla 
2. Bodo
3. Nepali
4. Santhali
5. Urdu

PART II: NON-SCHEDULED LANGUAGES
6. Baigani
7. Bedia
8. Birhorh
9. Dhimal
10. Dukpa
11. Garo
12. Kharia Sabar
13. Kol Hayam
14. Kora
15. Kurmali
16. Kurukh (Oraon)
17. Lepcha
18. Limbu
19. Lodha Sabar
20. Mahali Alakhand
21. Malpaharia
22. Mundari
23. Rabha/Kocha Krau
24. Rajbanshi
25. Sadri
26. Sherpa
27. Tamang
28. Toto
29. The Endangered Languages of North Bengal

Index


LIST OF TABLES AND FIGURES
Table I: Distribution of Indian Scheduled Languages
Figure I: Distribution of Indian Scheduled Languages
Figure II: Speakers of Scheduled Languages in West Bengal (out of every 10,000 people)
Figure III: Political Map of West Bengal

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