The People’s Linguistics Survey of India tries to give an idea of the extant and dying languages of India. It is the outcome of a nationwide survey of languages that has been documented by linguists, writers, social activists, and members of different speech communities. The volume documents the languages prevalent in the state of Uttarakhand. Critically, the book encapsulates the world view of the speakers of the discussed languages.
The languages of Uttarakhand have a wide variety as well as rich heritage because of the various linguistic influences of the different settlers who came to India from time to time. Here, languages of the Tibeto-Burman family are spoken along with Austro-Asiatic languages. This volume attempts to document these varieties of languages so as to preserve them in this globalised world, where migration and other factors are resulting in loss of languages.
G. N. Devy is the chief editor of the PLSI series. He taught at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, till 1996 before leaving to set up the Bhasha Research Centre in Baroda and the Adivasi Akademi at Tejgadh, where he worked towards conserving and promoting the languages and culture of indigenous and nomadic communities. Apart from being awarded the Padma Shree, he has received many awards for his work in literature and language conservation.
Uma Bhatt retired as Professor of Hindi and Linguistics from Kumaon University, Nainital. She has been editing the women’s quarterly Uttara with her team for last twenty-five years. She is also associated with PAHAR (People’s Association for Himalayan Area Research) and other organisations working on Himalayan languages and literature.
Shekhar Pathak taught at Kumaon University, Nainital; was Fellow at IIAS, Shimla and Nehru Fellow at Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi and now works voluntarily with PAHAR and has been editing their annual journal of same name for the last three decades.
The People’s Linguistic Survey of India
The National Editorial Collective
List of Volumes
A Nation Proud of Its Language Diversity: Chief Editor’s Introduction
Introduction to the Volume
Contributors to the Volume
An Appeal to Readers
Note on the Scripts used in Uttarakhand
List of Languages Covered in the Volume
PART I: TRIBAL LANGUAGES
Suresh Chandra Mamgai
Indra Singh Negi
Sher Singh Pangtey
Bhupendra Singh Rana
Sobha Ram Sharma
7. Rang Lvu
D. R. Singh Seepal
PART II: NON-SCHEDULED LANGUAGES
Balbir Singh Rawat
A. N. Jakhmola
Kailash Chandra Lohani, Uma Bhatt, Chandra Kala Rawat
Nazir Ahmed Dhar