The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya

by Selma K. Sonntag, Mark Turin

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Book Description

This highly original and timely collection brings together case studies from salient areas of the Himalayan region to explore the politics of language contact. Promoting a linguistically and historically grounded perspective, The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya offers nuanced insights into language and its relation to power in this geopolitically complex region.

Edited by respected scholars in the field, the collection comprises five new research contributions by established and early-career researchers who have been significantly engaged in the Himalayan region. Grounded in a commitment to theoretically informed area studies, and covering Tibet (China), Assam (India), and Nepal, each case study is situated within contemporary debates in sociolinguistics, political science, and language policy and planning. Bridging disciplines and transcending nation-states, the volume offers a unique contribution to the study of language contact and its political implications.

The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya is essential reading for researchers in the fields of language policy and planning, applied linguistics, and language and literary education. The detailed introduction and concluding commentary make the collection accessible to all social scientists concerned with questions of language, and the volume as a whole will be of interest to scholars in anthropology, sociolinguistics, political science and Asian studies.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya ebook for free in PDF format (9.5 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 0
Introduction: Language Politics and Language Contact
 
Chapter 1
Language Contact and the Politics of Recognition amongst Tibetans in the People's Republic of China: The rTa'u-Speaking 'Horpa' of Khams
 
Chapter 2
What Happened to the Ahom Language? The Politics of Language Contact in Assam
 
Chapter 3
Transforming Language to Script: Constructing Linguistic Authority through Language Contact in Schools in Nepal
 
Chapter 4
The Significance of Place in Ethnolinguistic Vitality: Spatial Variations Across the Kaike-Speaking Diaspora of Nepal
 
Chapter 5
Speaking Chone, Speaking 'Shallow': Dual Linguistic Hegemonies in China's Tibetan Frontier
 
Chapter 6
Concluding Thoughts on Language Shift and Linguistic Diversity in the Himalaya: The Case of Nepal
 

Book Details

Publisher
Open Book Publishers
Published
2019
Pages
200
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781783747047
ISBN10
1783747048
ISBN13 Digital
9781783747061
ISBN10 Digital
1783747064
PDF Size
9.5 MB
License
CC BY

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