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By Debi Prasanna Pattanayak

"Multilingualism in India" is a hard and stimulating research of the character and constitution of multilingualism within the Indian subcontinent. India, with 1652 mom tongues, among 200 and 7 hundred languages belonging to 4 language households, written in ten significant script structures and a bunch of teen ones represents multilingualism unheard of within the democratric global. With 4 thousand castes and groups and equivalent variety of spiritual faiths and cults, its multilingualism fits its pluriculturalism. The articles during this publication talk about sociology, psychology, pedagogy and demographic features of multilingualism. they convey out the various salient difficulties of literacy in a multilingual international and provides a language making plans standpoint. the amount ends with a dialogue on language and social identification. In a multilingual kingdom like India many languages are jointly supportive and supplement each other. Identities are layered and bigger identities surround the smaller ones with out soaking up them. This social record will attraction both to linguists, social scientist and educators, whereas supplying new insights to all these drawn to alterations between social teams and the way verbal exchange in numerous settings unite them. it is going to allow the reader to go into into the school room, a tribal domestic, and contexts during which multilingual discourses happen and comprehend the deeply ingrained language behavior, values, and attitudes.

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11); more recently a committee of enquiry was set up to look into 'the education of children from ethnic minority groups'. (Department of Education & Science Green Paper, 1977) These statements seek to segregate the majority from the minority. This does not distinguish culture of deprivation and privilege from mere bringing together children from different culture groups. One feels anguish and agony when one looks at the views of educationists, parents, teachers and suffering students. Anguish at the confusion of teachers and parents as to whether they are assimilationists or preservers of separate cultures.

The trend during the past two decades has tilted in favour of English, and English medium primary schools have cropped up as mushrooms in both urban and rural areas with inadequately prepared teachers. Children coming out of such schools have a poorer knowledge of, and exposure to, the mother tongue, which has made them culturally alienated and has stunted their cognitive development. The Commonwealth Universities Yearbook 1987 (Vol. 3) provides information about the medium of instruction for only some universities.

1972, Multilingualism in the Soviet Union. The Hague: Mouton. GRIERSON, G. A. 1927, Linguistic Survey of India, vol. I, Pt. I. Delhi: Motilal Banarasi Dass (Reprint, 1967). ISHWARAN, K. 1969, Multilingualism in India. ) Studies in Multilingualism (pp. 122-50). Leiden: E. J. Brill. 88, P. M. Launches Compaign. Delhi. KHUBCHANDANI, L. M. 1978, Distribution of contact languages in India. In J. A. ) Advances in the Study of Societal Multilingualism (pp. 553-85). The Hague: Mouton Publishers. KLOSS, H.

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