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Media: World Policy Journal Article on Hindi vs. Hinglish

Submitter: Neha Madhusoodanan

Submitter Email: madhusoodanan@worldpolicy.org
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Media Body: In "Hindi vs. Hinglish, Head to Head," scholar Ananya Vajpeyi traces the
evolution of Hindi from its roots in Hindustani to the “Hinglish” of today,
arguing that a language of 500 million people needs to develop a richer
vocabulary of social science and self-confidence to stand up to English.
To do this, she advocates an academy, much like the Académie
Française, to stave off linguistic pollution. Article can be found here:
Issue Number: 23.2734
Date Posted: June 14, 2012

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