This book is a collection of essays in honour of Debi Prasanna Pattanayak, for whom multilingualism and mother tongue education a means to secure social and linguistic justice. Dealing with the concept of multilingualism, this book aims to bring to the reader the evolution of cultures and its direct or indirect relation to language development in a multilingual society. This book comprises a wide variety of essays all brought together by common theme that examines multilingualism and its complexities in terms of sociolinguistic hierarchy.
Supriya Pattanayak, PhD from RMIT University, Australia, has extensive teaching, research and policy experience. She has worked with NGOs, multilateral and bilateral
agencies, federal and state Governments toward harmonisation of development efforts. Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM), India, she has recently been appointed as Adjunct Professor at the RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
Chandrabhanu Pattanayak is a global consultant in international and cross-cultural
education and training. He is presently the Director of the Institute of Knowledge Societies, Centurion University, India and also the Director of CCTE and the University of Hawai'I, Manoa – India programmes.
Jennifer M. Bayer PhD retired as Head, Centre for Linguistic & Cultural Development, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Government of India, Mysore. Presently, Jennifer officiates as the Honorary Director of an ITI that aims to facilitate means of livelihood for high school girls and boys who are poor in academics and are from economically underprivileged families.
List of Tables and Figures
1. Multiculturalisms: A Perspective from Self D. P. Pattanayak
2. The Petals of the Indian Lotus—Debi and Diversities Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and
3. Development of Language: Government and the Community E. Annamalai
4. Metaphors, Diversity and Sustainable Education: Conversations of Multilingual
Practices between India, Africa and Australia Kathleen Heugh
5. Hierarchy, Discrimination and Language Disadvantage in Indian Multilingualism
Ajit K. Mohanty and Minati Panda
6. (Media) ted Orality Chandrabhanu Pattanayak
7. Multi-scriptable Links Jennifer M. Bayer
8. Multilingual Mind, Multi-competence and Conceptual Metaphor Hans R. Dua
9. A Historical Context of Multilingual Education in India Urmishree Bedamatta
10. Multilingualism and Language Disorders: Some Reflections Basanti Devi
11. ‘Hanging on’ to Multilingualism in a Homogenising Monolingual-Imperial ‘Glocal’
Context…or ‘the displaced should never expect a rose garden’ Jacques Boulet
12. Facets of Multilingualism: A Personal Perspective Margaret Kumar
13. Social Meaning and Language Use: Critical Discourse PerspectiveS. Imtiaz Hasnain
14. Erosion of Cultural and Linguistic Bases in South Asia Udaya Narayana Singh
15. Convergence vs. ‘Subversion’: Two Different Perspectives on Language Contact and
Their Relevance to South AsiaHans Henrich Hock
16. Personal Names and Identity-construction in Pakistan Tariq Rahman
17. On Linguistic Diversity in India B. N. Patnaik
18. Linguistic Diversity and the Human Services in India Supriya Pattanayak
19. Do Koraput Munda, Lower Munda or Even South Munda Really Exist?
Once More on the Still Unresolved Classification of the Munda Languages Gregory D
20. Endangerment of Betta Kurumba (Tamil Nadu), Betta Kuruba (Karnataka) and
Uralikuruman (Kerala) V. Gnanasundaram, R. Perialwar and K. Rangan
21. Of Multilinguality, ‘A Language’, the Native Speaker and Education Rama Kant
22. A Nation Proud of its Language Diversity Ganesh Devy
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