Gujarat, with the longest coastline in the country, is also one of the largest states of India. The union territory of Diu & Daman and Dadra & Nagar Haveli is closely associated with the state as well. Due to years of migratory influences, this vast area is a melting pot of people, cultures and languages, and this makes it uniquely diverse. Though Gujarati is spoken by the majority, there are a number of languages that make up the linguistic matrix. This volume of the People’s Linguistic Survey of India, The Languages of Gujarat, Diu & Daman and Dadra & Nagar Haveli (volume nine, part two) sheds light on not just Gujarati and its varieties, but also other Scheduled and Non-Scheduled languages, Tribal languages, and most importantly, the languages of Denotified, Nomadic and Coastal communities in use in the state as well as the union territory. It is hoped that the volume will draw attention to the distinct linguistic environment and the harmony with which these languages coexist in this part of the country.
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 Shree, he has received many awards for his work in literature and language conservation.
Kanji Patel is former Director, Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh, and a prominent poet and fiction writer in Gujarati. His poetry collections include Janpad, Dungardev, Desh and Dharatina Vachan and his best-known fiction work is Dahelu (translated in English as Rear Verandah). He received the Katha Award in 1996 and the Dhumketu Prize in 2008 for his literary contributions. He also organised the Kaleshwari Mela (1998 to 2017) in Mahisagar district to provide a platform for cultural expression to Denotified Tribes and Adivasis from across India.
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
Introduction to the Volume
Contributors to the Volume
An Appeal to Readers
List of Languages Covered in this Volume
Section I: Gujarati and its Regional and Social Varieties
1. The Emergence of Gujarati
Section II: Other Scheduled Languages and Major Non-Scheduled Languages
7. Arabic and Persian: A Note
Section III: Tribal Languages
15. Dungara Bhili
16. Dungri Bhili
26. Panchmahali Bhili
30. Talavia Rathod
Section IV: The Languages of Denotified, Nomadic, and Coastal Communities
LIST OF TABLES AND FIGURES