The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya - cover image

Copyright

Selma K. Sonntag; Mark Turin

Published On

2019-08-15

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-704-7
Hardback978-1-78374-705-4
PDF978-1-78374-706-1
HTML978-1-80064-584-4
XML978-1-78374-709-2
EPUB978-1-78374-707-8
MOBI978-1-78374-708-5

Language

  • English

Print Length

198 pages (xiv+184)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 14 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.54" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 17 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.69" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback850g (29.98oz)
Hardback1233g (43.49oz)

Media

Illustrations12
Tables2

OCLC Number

1127458095

LCCN

2019452978

BIC

  • CFB
  • JPB
  • JF
  • JH
  • 1F

BISAC

  • LAN009050
  • SOC002010
  • SOC053000
  • POL009000
  • POL062000

LCC

  • P35.5.A78

Keywords

  • Himalaya
  • Himalayan region
  • politics of language contact
  • Tibet
  • Assam
  • Nepal
  • sociolinguistics
  • political science
  • political science
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The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya

  • Selma K. Sonntag (editor)
  • Mark Turin (editor)
This highly original and timely collection brings together case studies from salient areas of the Himalayan region to explore the politics of language contact. Promoting a linguistically and historically grounded perspective, The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya offers nuanced insights into language and its relation to power in this geopolitically complex region.

Edited by respected scholars in the field, the collection comprises five new research contributions by established and early-career researchers who have been significantly engaged in the Himalayan region. Grounded in a commitment to theoretically informed area studies, and covering Tibet (China), Assam (India), and Nepal, each case study is situated within contemporary debates in sociolinguistics, political science, and language policy and planning. Bridging disciplines and transcending nation-states, the volume offers a unique contribution to the study of language contact and its political implications.

The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya is essential reading for researchers in the fields of language policy and planning, applied linguistics, and language and literary education. The detailed introduction and concluding commentary make the collection accessible to all social scientists concerned with questions of language, and the volume as a whole will be of interest to scholars in anthropology, sociolinguistics, political science and Asian studies.

Endorsements

Although this book was written for a specialist audience of advanced scholars and doctoral students, the authors successfully link these specific cases to broader issues in sociolinguistics, language policy and planning, and political science. Hence this book will be of interest to scholars working on other contexts besides the Himalayan region; I am very pleased to see such a complex and interesting analysis of the politics of language contact.

Prof. James Tollefson

University of Washington

Reviews

The five main chapters and the editors’ introductory and closing essays of 'The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya' demonstrate that the history, present, and future of language contact and politics in the Himalayan region are complicated, nuanced, and changing. Each chapter provides a detailed empirical case study, while engaging with and building on theoretical concepts [...] This volume is well worth reading, both for the individual chapters and for the ways they comment on each other. The editors’ choice to publish it as an open access volume, available to read for free on the publisher’s website, ensures that it will be accessible to readers. This would be an obvious choice for area studies courses’ syllabi, but would also be appropriate for courses in sociolinguistics, language policy, and language contact and change.

Miranda Weinberg, Swarthmore College

"THE POLITICS OF LANGUAGE CONTACT IN THE HIMALAYA. Edited by Selma K. Sonntag and Mark Turin". Pacific Affairs (0030-851X), vol. 93, no. 4, 2020.

Full Review

Contents

1. Language Contact and the Politics of Recognition amongst Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China: The rTa’u-Speaking ‘Horpa’ of Khams

(pp. 17–48)
  • Tunzhi Sonam Lhundrop
  • Gerald Roche
  • Hiroyuki Suzuki
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0169.01

2. What Happened to the Ahom Language? The Politics of Language Contact in Assam

(pp. 49–78)
  • Selma K. Sonntag
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0169.02

3. Transforming Language to Script: Constructing Linguistic Authority through Language Contact in Schools in Nepal

(pp. 79–108)
  • Uma Pradhan
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0169.03

4. The Significance of Place in Ethnolinguistic Vitality: Spatial Variations Across the Kaike-Speaking Diaspora of Nepal

(pp. 109–136)
  • Maya Daurio
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0169.04

5. Speaking Chone, Speaking 'Shallow': Dual Linguistic Hegemonies in China's Tibetan Frontier

(pp. 137–162)
  • Maya Daurio
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0169.05

6. Concluding Thoughts on Language Shift and Linguistic Diversity in the Himalaya: The Case of Nepal

(pp. 163–176)
  • Mark Turin
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0169.06

Introduction: Language Politics and Language Contact

(pp. 1–16)
  • Selma K. Sonntag
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0169.07

Contributors

Selma K. Sonntag

(editor)
Professor Emerita of Politics at Humboldt State University

Mark Turin

(editor)
Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of British Columbia