The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya

Selma K. Sonntag and Mark Turin (eds.)
Forthcoming in 2019

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

This book brings together linguistic theory and empirical studies addressing human rights, multilingual education, language ecology and endangered languages. It is essential reading for students, practitioners, language activists and scholars working on language planning, multilingual education, endangered languages and language politics. This is indeed an interdisciplinary book that is testimony to why lesser-known languages matter in the Himalaya and beyond.
—Prof. Nirmal Man Tuladhar, Chair, Social Science Baha


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.



The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya
Selma K. Sonntag and Mark Turin (eds.) | Forthcoming 2019
6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783747047
ISBN Hardback: 9781783747054
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783747061
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783747078
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783747085
ISBN Digital (XML): 9781783747092
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0169