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.
Maharashtra is India’s third largest state and also its most industrialised. This volume informs the reader about the variety of languages that are prevalent and in use in the state. One of its interesting features is that it discusses the varieties of Marathi in use, and also different tribal languages. Apart from this, it also details the languages of nomadic communities and also has a chapter on the code language of the nomads.
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.
Arun Jakhade, the editor of this volume, is a well-known Marathi writer and also a columnist. He writes both fiction and non-fiction and has received several awards for his work. He established Padmagandha Prakashan, which is one of the leading publishing houses in Maharashtra.
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
Scripts in Use
List of Languages Covered in this Volume
PART I: MARATHI AND ITS REGIONAL VARIETIES URDU AND SINDHI
6. Khandeshi Leva
PART II: TRIBAL LANGUAGES
20. Gondi Madia
21. Gondi Thatya
27. Malhar Koli
37. Thakur Ka
38. Thakur Ma
PART III: LANGUAGES OF NOMADIC COMMUNITIES
40. Code Languages of the Nomads
54. Parushi Maang
55. Parushi Maang Garudi
56. Parushi Nathpanthi Davri
PART IV: OTHER LANGUAGES
60. Naw Ling