Category Archives: Endangered language

“Our languages have survived tenaciously. We are truly a linguistic democracy. To keep our democracy alive, we have to keep our languages alive.” – Prof. Ganesh Devy (co-founder, People’s Linguistic Survey of India) quoted by Soutik Biswas in “The man who ‘discovered’ 780 Indian languages” (BBC News 27 (October 2017)
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41718082
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=24320

“The country has already lost about 250 languages in the last 50 years. The state must recognise that a monolingual nationalistic model is not just robbing us of our linguistic richness, but also limiting the economic potential of the country. Diversity of language is not a burden on us. Rather, considering that even the most cutting-edge technologies are language-based, different languages spoken across the country have the potential to better build the country’s economic future.” – Prof. Ganesh Devy (co-founder, People’s Linguistic Survey of India) quoted by in “Need to preserve linguistic diversity, says expert” (The Times of India, 13 February 2014)
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Need-to-preserve-linguistic-diversity-says-expert/articleshow/30300251.cms
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=14145

“Kolami, Koya, Gondi, Kuvi, Kui, Yerukala, Savara, Parji, Kupia. Do these names ring a bell? No, right? They are all native tribal tongues that have immensely contributed to enrich the language and culture of Telugu people. But these languages are dying due to a plethora of reasons — lack of practice, absence of education, poverty-stricken state of the speakers. The UNESCO lists 191 languages of India as endangered. And as Eduardo Hughes Galeano, the literary giant of the Latin America puts it, “Every two weeks, a language dies. The world is diminished when it loses its human sayings, just as when it loses its diversity of plants and beasts.” Numbers can be deceptive, India is a graveyard of more languages than one can imagine.” – Papri Paul in “The dying tongues of Telangana and Andhra” (Times of India, 21 February 2017)
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/the-dying-tongues-of-telangana-and-andhra/articleshow/57253816.cms
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22153

“Concluding his ambitious marathon Peoples’ Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) which took four years of field work preceded by nearly 15 years of conceptualization and planning, Prof Ganesh Devy, the Sahitya Akademi award winner, literary critic and founder of the Tribal Academy at Tejgadh declares that out of 1,600-odd languages listed in the 1961 survey of India, they have been able to trace not more than 850 languages during their survey. The survey was initiated by Vadodara-based Bhasha Research and Publication Centre founded by Prof Devy.” – Papri Paul in “The fight for survival: language and identity” (Times of India, 21 February 2017)
https://www.all-languages.org.uk/features/fight-survival-language-identity/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=30494

“It is almost impossible to characterize all of India’s tribals in a single ethnographic or historic framework. […] After Independence, these communities were ‘denotified’ and placed quite randomly in the schedules of tribes, castes and other ‘backward communities’. Yet anyone with any experience of tribal culture will find these listings mind-boggingly oversimplified. The most useful indicator of tribal identity, then, is language.” – Ganesh Devy in Painted Words: An Anthology of Tribal Literature, Bhasha E Books
http://www.bhashaebooks.org/Downloadbook.aspx?name=21
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22979

Learn more about tribal communities in Tamil Nadu

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Tip | Learn more about India’s endangered languages: Information and reports from a variety of sources

Find all posts with information relating to this issue under the Category “Endangered language”; or click here >> Papri Paul | Feb 21, 2017  | To read the full article, click here >> Kolami, Koya, Gondi, Kuvi, Kui, Yerukala, Savara, Parji, … Continue reading

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Tips | Find publishing details for Shodhganga search results

Shodhganga: a reservoir of Indian theses – https://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in Track any missing detail for Shodhganga search results To trace the source document of any separate chapter listed among the search results hosted on Shodhganga’s server, copy its “handle” number from the search results: … Continue reading

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Irula communities: Spread over the three southern States with a language marked by unique features – Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Kerala

3.4. The Irula Language | Downlowad the full PhD thesis by P. Suresh here >> The status of the Irula language as a separate language from Tamil or as a divergent form of Tamil has been debated by scholars. Irula … Continue reading

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Toda embroidery: an ancient art thriving in the Nilgiris – Tamil Nadu

The ancient Toda community people are the residents of Nilgiris that means ‘Blue Mountains’, popularly known as Ooty. Nilgiris is the abode of many interesting tribes and prominent among them are Todas, Kotas, Kurumbas, Irulas, Mullukurumbas and Paniyans. These Todas … Continue reading

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