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Media: Indian Linguist Honoured by Government of India

Submitter: Anish Koshy

Submitter Email: elanish@gmail.com
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Documentation

Media Body: We are excited to share the news of Prof. Dr. Anvita Abbi, Professor of Linguistics at JNU, New Delhi, being awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in recognition of her contributions, in the category of 'Education and Literature.' This award to Prof. Abbi comes after years of her work on the lesser-known languages of India, including languages of many marginalized and tribal communities. Her momentous career in Linguistics has also seen her work on the extremely endangered languages of the Andamanese group of languages. This recognition by the Govt. of India of a linguist's work is also a recognition of the aspirations of the people whose languages she studied and brought to the attention of the global body of linguists. It is a recognition to the members of those communities who in spite of their tremendous struggles for survival, thought it worth-while to spend their time and share their knowledge and world-views with us through her.

Here is the announcement in the National Press in India:

Issue Number: 24.504
Date Posted: January 29, 2013

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