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.
PLSI Sikkim Ki Bhashayen volume offers a detailed discussion
about the languages spoken in the culturally and linguistically rich state of
Sikkim. Its geographical location has allowed it to be influenced by the
languages of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and West Bengal. This in turn has impacted
the languages of the state too. Folktales, folk songs, origin myths and
vocabulary lists are provided to help the reader have a better understanding of
the linguistic scenario of the state. The volume examines grammatical features
and also the number of speakers of each language, with data taken from actual
This volume covers the
following 16 languages: 1. Nepali 2.Kulung 3.Gurung 4.Tamang 5.Tibetan 6.Thami 7.
Newar 8.Bhujel 9.Bhotia 10.Magar 11.Majhi 12.Rai 13.Limboo 14 Lepcha 15.Sherpa 16. Sunuwar
Maps : There are seven
maps in the volume.
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.
Balaram Pandey has been working on the languages of Sikkim and Nepal for the
last twenty years. He is associated with many projects of CIIL Mysore, Sikkim
Akademi, and Nepali Sahitya Parishad (Sikkim). His articles and research papers
have been published in books and in national and international journals. He has
also contributed towards the preparation of the Nepali Style Manual. His
interests include folklore, literary criticism, sociolinguistics and history
and culture of Northeast India.
is Assistant Professor, Sikkim University. Her areas of
Specialization are Folk Literature of Bhutia
Community , Feminist Studies, Status of Hindi in North East. She has written
books on various aspects of Sikkim.
भारतीय भाषा लोक सर्वेक्षण The People’s Linguistic Survey of India
राष्ट्रीय सम्पादक मंडल The National Editorial Collective
ग्रंथमाला List of Volumes
मुख्य सम्पादकीय A Nation Proud of Its Language Diversity: Chief Editor’s Introduction
सम्पादकीय Introduction to the Volume
अनुवादकीय Translator's Note
सहयोगी लेखकों की सूची Contributors to the Volume
पाठकों से एक अपील An Appeal to Readers
आकारादि क्रम में भाषाओं के नाम List of Languages Covered in this Volume
भाग I अनुसूचित भाषा PART I SCHEDULED LANGUAGE
भाग II गैर-अनुसूचित भाषाएं PART II NON-SCHEDULED LANGUAGES
परिशिष्ट I मानचित्र Appendix I
परिशिष्ट II लेखक परिचय Appendix II