LINGUIST List 26.1083

Wed Feb 25 2015

Calls: Dravidian, General Linguistics/India

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 24-Feb-2015
From: Govindasamy Balasubramanian <>
Subject: Dravidian Tribal Linguistics: Retrospect and Prospects
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Full Title: Dravidian Tribal Linguistics: Retrospect and Prospects
Short Title: DTLRP

Date: 26-Mar-2015 - 27-Mar-2015
Location: Kuppam, AndhraPradesh, India
Contact Person: Govindasamy Balasubramanian
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Dravidian

Call Deadline: 06-Mar-2015

Meeting Description:

To review the status of Dravidian Tribal Linguistic Studies and discuss the future course of actions. New descriptions, documentation, planning policies for the development of Dravidian Tribal Languages, input to Comparative Dravidian Linguistics are the expected outcomes.

The Dravidian Linguistics in general and Comparative Dravidian Linguistics in particular have been giving considerable attention to study the lesser known Dravidian Tribal Languages (DTL) since the time of Robert Caldwell. Among the 26 identified Dravidian languages 20 are spoken by the tribal communities. Due to the shift in the interest to generative grammar, sociolinguistics etc, the relative lull in the Dravidian tribal linguistic studies was visible in the recent past. The speech forms of many of these communities are yet to be described. Some of the speech forms already described viz., Abujhamaria, Adiyaa, Aamaden, Aalu Kurumba, Betta Kurumba, Chenchu, Cholanaikan, Kaani, Kasaba, Kaattunaikka, Kisaan, Kaikadi, Malamaakku, Muduga, Muthuva, Naikidi, Paniya, Uuraali, Yenaadi Yerukala etc. are yet to be determined whether they are dialects or independent languages. The status of some of the new ‘languages’ such as Koya, Indi Ave are to be decided. Scholars often emphasize that the data from the tribal languages are indispensable for Comparative Dravidian Linguistics, cultural history etc. Meanwhile, lesser known tribal languages are at different state of endangerment because of the changed socio-political, economic and other reasons such as the advent of revolution in the mass communication. Reflecting upon the above contexts, a Two-Day National Seminar on “Dravidian Tribal Linguistics: Retrospect and Prospects” will be organized on 26-27 March 2015.

Call for Papers:

Papers are invited on any one of the following sub–themes:

- Structural Description of DTL
- Data from unidentified speech forms of DTL
- Language Change in DTL
- The place of tribal language in the Dravidian family
- Dravidian DTL and Non-Tribal Languages
- Dialects of the DTL
- Contact & Convergence in DTL
- Lexical studies among DTL
- Lexicographical works in DTL
- Bilingualism and Multilingualism in DTL
- Endangerment of DTL
- Documentation activities in DTL
- Language/Dialect maintenance and shift in DTL
- Technology and revitalization in DTL
- Typological Studies among DTL
- Script development for DTL

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