The Department of Linguistics at the Deccan College, Postgraduate and Research Institute will run a certificate course, Introduction to Languages of South Asia, in June-July 2016.
The major language families in South Asia are Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Austroasiatic (Munda) and Tibeto-Burman. We are having several languages belonging to these language families and additionally we have some of the unclassified languages and language isolates as well.
We have a very rich linguistic heritage in India as well. Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Panjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu are some of the major languages spoken in India. English and Hindi are widely spoken in India. We have some of the Language isolates, which are not related to any known language family, include Burushaski, Kusunda, Nahali etc. Languages such as Urdu, Bangla, Nepalese, Sinhala, Dhivehi, English etc. are spoken in nearby countries to India.
South Asian languages share many characteristics such as grammatical structure and vocabulary, but they are also distinctly different. Most of the nations of South Asia have linguistic minorities. The focus of the course will be on developing awareness about Languages and the Linguistic heritage available in India and subcontinent.The course will include following units: