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Books: Sociolinguistics, Marathi: Pandharipande

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Message 1: Sociolinguistics Dimensions of Marathi: Pandharipande

Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 18:14:29 +0000
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Subject: Sociolinguistics Dimensions of Marathi: Pandharipande

Title: Sociolinguistics Dimensions of Marathi
Subtitle: Multilingualism in Central India
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Sociolinguistics 03
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH,		 
Author: Rajeshwari V. Pandharipande, University of Illinois at
Paperback: ISBN: 3895867136, Pages: 300, Price: EUR 64

This study analyzes hitherto unexplored issues related to the dynamic
interaction between language and society in the multilingual context
of Maharashtra in central India, and its impact on the structure and
function of Marathi and other languages. The book is divided into
three parts according to their thematic focus. Part I, "language
pluralism and language change"(a) examines the structure of the
convergence of Marathi and Hindi, and its impact, i.e., emergence of
four functionally determined codes, and (b) shows that the motivation
the "shared bicultural identity" and "non-shared separate linguistic
identities" operate as counteracting forces in determining the
structure of language change. Part II, "Nativization: Processes and
impact", addresses the question of the relative status of multilingual
(Sanskrit, Persian, and English) borrowings in Marathi and shows that
(a) there is a hierarchy of the degree of nativization of the
borrowings, and (b)

Attitudes of Marathi speakers toward these languages influence this
hierarchy. The discussion o the newspaper register of Marathi
demonstrates the role of "modernization", "maintenance of cultural
pan-Indian identity", and "regionalization" in code-mixing f Marathi
with English, and Sanskrit. Part III,"Bi/multilingual's creativity",
illustrates the impact of multilingualism on the expansion of
repertoire of registers and literary styles in Marathi. (also see the
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Lingfield(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Marathi (Language Code: MRT)
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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