Linguistics: The story of language documentation and description in India today
The story of language documentation and description in India today
Prof Shobhana Chelliah University of North Texas
The last twenty years have seen efforts to support the study of minority and lesser-studied languages of India from varied stakeholders: these include the Indian government, international and Indian non-profit organizations, indigenous and state-level cultural and language committees and institutes, and individuals with a passion to preserve and document their cultures and languages. Their efforts have led to mixed success due to conflicting ideologies, history, and resource availability. Basing my observations on my research, personal experience and engagement with language documentation activities in India, I provide an overview of the current state of language study and my hopes and efforts for the future of language documentation and description in India.