From: Amrendra Singh <jnu.amargmail.com>
Subject: Call for Book Chapters: 'Varieties of Hindi...'
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We are writing to inform you about the forthcoming book titled 'Linguistics
of Varieties of Hindi in the 21st Century'. It would be very nice if you
can help us in this endeavor by contributing your research article for the
Proposed Title: 'Linguistics of Varieties of Hindi in the 21st Century'
We all are well aware that there has been considerable amount of work on
Hindi linguistics during the last sixty years in the form of books,
research articles, monographs and numerous dissertations. But it has also
been observed that linguistic work on varieties of Hindi has been out of
our attention for long. The forthcoming book entitled is an attempt to
deficit of focused linguistic research work on varieties of Hindi and
thereby empowering these lesser known languages in the long run.
Globalization, linguistic imperialism, language rights, language and power,
cultural, political, and economic hegemony, and language planning and
policy are at the forefront of the debate on so called big vs. small vs.
tiny languages. It has also raised our awareness about the issues of
language loss and language endangerment. The linguistic subsystems of these
languages are at crossroads in the era of information. As languages are
pushed aside and made to run second to global English, people may be at
risk of not only linguistic loss but also loss of precious bio-cultural
knowledge which survived us for ages. Many of the varieties of Hindi were
researched in early 20th century and later in post independent India but
since then linguistic research on these varieties has taken a back seat.
This was partly due to rising-roaring power of Hindi and partly due to
depreciating socio-cultural status of these varieties over the years. Today
we know little about the linguistic status of many of these minority
languages. Focused and empirical research on these languages is the need of
the hour because that time is not very far when all the speakers would have
'Linguistics of Varieties of Hindi in the 21st Century' seeks to gain an
understanding of how these varieties have evolved over the years and what
linguistic changes they have undergone. The book is primarily concerned
with recent trends in linguistic research on varieties of Hindi. The book
is an endeavor for bringing together current empirical research on these
lesser known languages. The book will be of interest to linguists and
scholars studying language change, language documentation, and language
endangerment, sociology of language, language use and educated speakers of
these languages in general.
Articles sought could be empirical (i.e., research-based), theoretical, or
narratives (i.e., personal encounters/experiences). Please follow the
following instructions below while submitting the hard copy and the
electronic copy of your research article.
a. Submit one printed or photocopied copy of all submissions. Retain one
copy, since manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by a
stamped self-addressed envelope. Also submit one electronic copy at
hindi.linguisticsgmail.com and hindi.linguisticsrediffmail.com mentioning
the title of the paper along with author’s name and complete postal address.
b. Use paper of standard size, either 8½x11 or A4.
c. Type or print all copy (including notes, references, and tables) on one
side of the paper, fully double spaced throughout the manuscript.
d. Use quadruple space between sections.
e. Use type of one size throughout the manuscript (including title,
headings and notes), either 10 or 12 points (12 or 10 cpi), in a simple
roman face (like Times New Roman) except where indicated below. Please use
IPA for phonetic transcription. IPA Transcription should be done using
Doulos SIL 4.106. Download it from here
f. Leave margins of 1.25 cms on all four sides of the paper.
g. Do not use line-end hyphens or right-justified margins.
h. Place each piece of special matter on a separate page.
Special matter includes all tables, figures, trees and other diagrams, and
art work (not example sentences, rules, or formulas). Key each piece of
special matter to its proper place in the body of the manuscript with a
notation of the following sort on a separate line in the manuscript:
'INSERT FIGURE n ABOUT HERE'
Centered below each piece of special matter, put its number, and followed
by a brief legend on a separate line.
i. Use the following order and numbering of pages:
1. page 0: title and subtitle; authors' names and affiliations; complete
mailing address, email address, and telephone numbers of the first author;
for articles only, the names and addresses of suggested reviewers
2. page 1: title and subtitle only
3. page 2: abstract of about 100 words (for articles only) with asterisked
acknowledgment footnote if there is one
4. body of the work
5. references, beginning on a new page
6. notes, beginning on a new page
7. all special matter
j. Number all pages of the entire manuscript serially in the upper right
corner. This style sheet is based on Linguistic Society of America’s Style
sheet for its Journal LANGUAGE (To download the Language Style Sheet,
Please click on the link below) http://www.lsadc.org/info/pubs-lang-style.cfm
We request you to write on any of the following broad areas of our concern
vis-à-vis varieties of Hindi (Indian Census of the year 2001 enumerates a
total of 49 varieties of Hindi (see following).
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology, Syntax, Phonetics & Phonology,
Sociolinguistics & sociology of language, Language Documentation &
Endangerment, Historical Linguistics, Language Technology, Lexicology &
Lexicography, Concept of Time & Space, Body Partonomy, Second Language or
Foreign Language Teaching, Anthropological Linguistics
Varieties of Hindi (Census of India, 2001)
Languages and mother tongues grouped under Hindi. (Number of speakers
1. Awadhi 2,529,308
2. Bagheli/Baghel Khandi 2,865,011
3. Bagri Rajasthani 1,434,123
4. Banjari 1,259,821
5. Bhadrawahi 66,918
6. Bharmauri/ Gaddi 66,246
7. Bhojpuri 33,099,497
8. Brajbhasha 574,245
9. Bundeli/ Bundelkhandi 3,072,147
10. Chambeli 126,589
11. Chhattisgarhi 13,260,186
12. Churahi 61,199
13. Dhundhari 1,871,130
14. Garhwali 2,267,314
15. Gojri 762,332
16. Harauti 2,462,867
17. Haryanvi 7,997,192
18. Hindi 257,919,635
19. Jaunsari 114,733
20. Kangri 1,122,843
21. Khairari 11,937
22. Khari Boli 47,730
23. Khortha/ Khotta 4,725,927
24. Kulvi 170,770
25. Kumauni 2,003,783
26. Kurmali Thar 425,920
27. Labani 22,162
28. Lamani/ Lambadi 2,707,562
29. Laria 67,697
30. Lodhi 139,321
31. Magadhi/Magahi 13,978,565
32. Malvi 5,565,167
33. Mandeali 611,930
34. Marwari 7,936,183
35. Mewari 5,091,697
36. Mewati 645,291
37. Nagpuria 1,242,586
38. Nimadi 2,148,146
39. PahaRi 2,832,825
40. Panch Pargania 193,769
41. Pangwali 16,285
42. Pawari/ Powari 425,745
43. Rajasthani 18,355,613
44. Sadan/ Sadri 2,044,776
45. Sirmauri 31,144
46. Sondwari 59,221
47. Sugali 160,736
48. Surgujia 1,458,533
49. Surjapuri 1,217,019
If you are interested in contributing any research paper, please send in an
abstract, clearly delineate the Variety/varieties you are writing about,
the type of article you are proposing (empirical, theoretical, or
issue(s) you will be addressing in the chapter. Please include with your
abstract a one-page bio data or a current CV.
- The tentative deadline for receiving abstracts is October 22, 2009.
- Abstracts and short bios/CVs should be emailed as a Microsoft word
document attachment to: hindi.linguisticsgmail.com and
Postal Address: Abhishek Avtans, Department of Research and Language
Development, Central Institute of Hindi, Sansthan Marg, Agra -282005 (UP),
- Notification of acceptance will be sent out by October 31, 2009.
- Completed articles are due on December 1, 2009.
- Submitted articles/abstracts will be reviewed by an editorial board
For any inquiries or further information, please contact at 09758374242
(Abhishek) or 09208043289 (Amarendra); abhiavtansgmail.com and Amarendra
K. Singh at amar.jnugmail.com
Abhishek Avtans is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in the
Department of Research & Language Development of Central institute of
Hindi, Agra. He did his BA in Japanese language and later postgraduate
studies in Linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has
been associated with documentation of Great Andamanese language since 2005
and has participated in compilation of Great Andamanese Dictionary for JNU.
He is the coordinating Editor of Bhojpuri-Hindi-English Dictionary (2009)
published by Central Institute of Hindi, Agra. His areas of interest
include documentation of lesser known languages of India, Anthropological
Linguistics, spatial semantics and computer aided lexicography. He has
published in the areas of language documentation, language endangerment,
languages of Jharkhand, Hindi lexicography and translation. He is currently
coordinating a project for making trilingual digital dictionaries of 49
varieties of Hindi at Central Institute of Hindi, Agra.
Amarendra K. Singh teaches Professional Communication at the JETGI,
Lucknow. He holds MA and M.Phil in Linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru
University, New Delhi and is a PhD research scholar at the Center for
Linguistics, JNU. He is currently working on the 'Description of Adi-Pasi',
a TB language spoken in Arunachal Pradesh, sponsored by ELF, Yale
University, USA. He had been associated with National Testing Service-India
for more than 2 years in developing tools for Hindi Language Testing and
various Evaluation Methods for Hindi Language at Central Institute of
Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysore. He has been Visiting Faculty to Manipal
University and AWH Special College, Affiliated to Calicut University to
offer courses dealing with application of Linguistics in Speech Language
Pathology and Audiology. His areas of interest include documentation of
lesser known languages of India, Phonetics and Phonology, Morphology,
Anthropological Linguistics. He has published in the areas of Language
Documentation, Language Endangerment, Language Testing & Evaluation, ELT,
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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