Language Variation in South Asia

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byWilliam Bright

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South Asia presents the linguist with a bewildering variety of regional dialects, social dialects, formal and informal registers, literary standards, languages, writing systems, and language families. Written over a period of more than twenty years, these essays by a leading authority on SouthAsian language cover a broad range of topics in South Asian linguistics. The essays address social dialect, structural borrowing, areal linguistics, the relation between literary and colloquial standards, and the role of written language in South Asian culture from the times of the ancient IndusValley civilization. Offering a sociolinguistic approach, and encompassing both descriptive and historical studies, this collection of twelve of Bright's most important essays reflects his extensive research on the linguistics of South Asia.

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South Asia presents the linguist with a bewildering variety of regional dialects, social dialects, formal and informal registers, literary standards, languages, writing systems, and language families. Written over a period of more than twenty years, these essays by a leading authority on SouthAsian language cover a broad range of topic...

William Bright is Editor-in-Chief, Oxford International Encyclopedia of Linguistics.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.54 × 5.71 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195063651

ISBN - 13:9780195063653

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"Will be of particular interest to Dravidianists, as well as to students of other South Asian language families whose research has an areal dimension or incorporates facets of socially conditioned variation."--Journal of the American Oriental Society