[Reader-list] Indian Languages and Aphasia: What is Living and What is Dormant? (Lecture by Ganesh N Devy)

Praveen Rai praveenrai at csds.in
Tue Sep 17 05:24:55 CDT 2013

 *Centre for the Study of Developing Societies*
**Publics and Policies Programme

invites you to a lecture

*Indian Languages and Aphasia: *

*What is Living and What is Dormant?*

by *Ganesh N Devy** ***

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*Rajeev Bhargava *will Chair

Tuesday, 24 September 2013, 4.30 pm

CSDS Seminar Hall,

29 Rajpur Road, Delhi 110054

There is a widespread anxiety over decline in natural languages. However,
the anxiety is not matched by adequate information on the living languages.
Over the last fifty years, Indian citizens have not been receiving full
information on the language scene in the country. As a result, we neither
know as to how many languages we have, nor how many of those have come
close to extinction. This lecture will reflect on some of the perceptions
arising out of this situation of uncertain information and will attempt to
present a language map of India. It will describe the nature of 'aphasia '
imposed on some of the languages and the dangers of such a situation.

*G. N. Devy* writes in three languages: English, Marathi and Gujarati. He
is the founder of the Baroda based Bhasha Research and Publication Centre
and has recently completed a nation-wide survey of languages, *The People’s
Linguistic Survey of India*. He received the Linguapax Award for 2011. A
former Professor of English at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda and a
former Nehru Fellow at the University of Leeds, he is a renowned literary
critic and the founder Director of the Tribal Academy at Tejgarh, Gujarat.
He also heads the Sahitya Akademi’s Project on Literature in Tribal
Languages and Oral Traditions.

*Rajeev Bhargava *is Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing

Praveen Rai
Academic Secretary
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
29, Rajpur Road
Delhi - 110054
Phone: 91-11-23942199
Fax: 91-11-23943450

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