Multilingualism in India

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Debi Prasanna Pattanayak
Multilingual Matters, 1990 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 116 pages
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Multilingualism in India is a challenging and stimulating study of the nature and structure of multilingualism in the Indian subcontinent. India, with 1652 mother tongues, between two hundred and seven hundred languages belonging to four language families, written in ten major script systems and a host of minor ones represents multilingualism unparalleled in the democratric world. With four thousand castes and communities and equal number of religious faiths and cults, its multilingualism matches its pluriculturalism.
  

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Contents

A Demographic Appraisal of Mutilingualism in India
1
The Regional Language visavis English as the Medium
15
A Study
25
Special
37
Psychological Consequences of Mother Tongue Maintenance
54
Literacy in a Multilingual Context
67
Language and Social Identity
101
Index
112
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