By Pattanayak, Debi Prasanna
Multilingualism in India is a hard and stimulating learn of the character and constitution of multilingualism within the Indian subcontinent. India, with 1652 mom tongues, among 2 hundred and 7 hundred languages belonging to 4 language households, written in ten significant script structures and a bunch of juvenile ones represents multilingualism unprecedented within the democratric global. With 4 thousand castes and groups and equivalent variety of non secular faiths and cults, its multilingualism fits its pluriculturalism. The articles during this publication speak about sociology, psychology, pedagogy and demographic features of multilingualism. they create out many of the salient difficulties of literacy in a multilingual global and provides a language making plans viewpoint. the amount ends with a dialogue on language and social identification. In a multilingual state like India many languages are collectively supportive and supplement each other. Identities are layered and bigger identities surround the smaller ones with no soaking up them. This social rfile will allure both to linguists, social scientist and educators, whereas supplying new insights to all these drawn to adjustments between social teams and the way conversation in several settings unite them. it is going to let the reader to go into into the study 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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Total 154 1In Viswa-Bharathi, Bengali is an optional medium in postgraduate non-professional courses. 2Agricultural Universities have generally English as the medium of instruction. 3Gujarati Vidyapeeth has Gujarati, English and Hindi. Out of the 96 multi-faculty universities the Yearbook has no information on the medium of instruction for 33 of them, viz, Agra, Doctor Harisingh Gour, Jamia Milia, Lucknow, Utkal, Amaravati, Bhavnagar, Bihar, Cochin, Devi Ahilya, Gandhiji, Garhwal, Goa, Gorakhpur, Gulbarga, Guru Ghasidas, Indira Gandhi National Open, Jiwaji, Kameshwara Singh, Kanpur, Kamaon, Lalit Narayan, Mithila, Mangalore, Meerut, Mother Teresa, North Bengal, Ranchi, Rani Durgavati, Ravishankar, Sambalpur, Sampurnanand, Shivaji, Vidyasagar.
Children born in dominantly monolingual countries are usually surrounded with the overflowing uniformity in and around them in matters of speech, dress, culture and other similarities. These children also slowly get socialised to ignore diversity and look at it as something peculiar. On the other hand, children in multilingual societies are born to adjust in a heterogeneous environment with varying dress, food habits, ways of living and religious practices, but all forming the mosaic of one culture and one nation.
To survive in the changed circumstances of modern existence, the question arises: can the Indian society preserve and develop multilingualism through a formal system of education in schools and colleges? Indian society has already made its choice and has accepted the challenge of even symbolically promoting multilingualism by introduing several languages in the school curriculum. The next section will critically examine the steps taken in this direction. Indian Multilingualism and School Education The one and the only way to introduce multilingualism through a formal system of education is to make provision for the study of several languages in the school curriculum.
Multilingualism In India by Pattanayak, Debi Prasanna