Short Term Course in Introduction to Languages of South Asia

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:
  1. Languages of South Asia
  2. Major Language Families in South Asia- Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Munda etc.
  3. Scripts of languages in South Asia
  4. Unclassified languages
  5. Language Isolates
  6. Shared features across language families
  7. Phonology- Retroflex sounds etc.
  8. Morphology- Dative subjects, Converbs, Compound verbs, Causative verbs, Echo-compounds etc,
  9. Syntax- Word order etc.
Course Dates: 27 June to 09 July 2016 (Tentative)

Timing: Session I: 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Session II: 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

For Further inquiries, contact: Mr. Sambhaji Jadhav on 8805694802 or Mandar Chavare

(Office Clerk) 9860009599 or 020 26513263

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