Indian Languages and Aphasia: What is Living and What is Dormant?

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 reflected 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 Societies.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013, 4.30 pm
CSDS Seminar Hall