LINGUIST List 23.5084

Wed Dec 05 2012

Confs: Dravidian, General Linguistics/India

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <>

Date: 05-Dec-2012
From: Shanavas Sa <>
Subject: International Seminar on Dravidian Linguistics
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International Seminar on Dravidian Linguistics Short Title: ISDL- SS

Date: 17-Jan-2013 - 19-Jan-2013 Location: Trivandrum, Kerala, India Contact: S.A. Shanavas Sa Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Dravidian

Meeting Description:

It is proposed to conduct an international seminar on the topic mentioned. Dravidian languages are the languages belonging to Dravidian family, spoken mainly in South India. The Dravidian language family includes approximately 85 genetically related languages, spoken by about 217 million people. They are mainly spoken in southern India and parts of eastern and central India as well as in northeastern Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, and overseas in other countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.

A four day seminar is proposed to assess the present status of the Dravidian linguistics and the languages belonging to it. Concentration will be given to the both developed and non-developed or tribal languages of the family. All the major languages have developed their linguistic status to a great extent and attained a status where they have devolved strong grammatical theories along with their long standing tradition. Comparative Dravidian is a much studied area of research and explored a lot in that direction.

Three of the Dravidian languages, viz. Tamil, Kannada, Telugu have got Classical Status by the Govt. of India and they are enjoying special status and financial assistance from the central Government. Among the developed languages, Malayalam is the only language left out in the category.

Dravidian languages are agglutinative in nature and verb final languages. All the languages share so many common features and proved to be originated from a proto form. In modern linguistics, there is a sub area titled Dravidian Linguistics which deals with different aspects of the language family.

This topic will be explored from different perspectives at this proposed international seminar.

Objective, Highlight and Theme of the Seminar

The following are the broad areas for discussion:
a. Dravidian Linguistics - status and studies
b. The standard Languages of Dravidian family
c. The Tribal and undeveloped Languages of Dravidian family
d. Socio and Anthropological aspects of Dravidian linguisticse. Approaches to Dravidian syntax/ grammar
f. Dravidians language teachings - methods and theories
g. Official status, Policy and planning in Dravidian languages
h. Place among Indian languages and Arial features
i. comparison to other languages including Indian languages than Dravidian languages
j. Philosophy and theoretical aspects of Dravidian grammar
k. History and development of Dravidian Linguistics
l. Literary theories in Dravidian languages
m. Contemporary explanation and modern epistemology on Dravidian linguistics
n. Universities for Dravidian languages
o. Reference and explanation of Classic status, etc…..

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