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4. Script as a potential demarcator and stabilizer of languages in South Asia

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Title:4. Script as a potential demarcator and stabilizer of languages in South Asia
Authors:Brandt, Carmen
Date Issued:Jan 2014
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Brandt, Carmen. 2014. Script as a potential demarcator and stabilizer of languages in South Asia. In Hugo C. Cardoso (ed). 2014. Language Endangerment and Preservation in South Asia. 78-99. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Series:LD&C Special Publication
Abstract:South Asia is rich not only in languages, but also in scripts. However, the various roles script can play in this region have been only marginally explored. Besides an overview of the most important examples from South Asia in which script has contributed to the strengthening or weakening of a language, or to the classification of a tongue as a language or dialect, this paper offers first inputs for a discussion on the role of script today in smaller speech communities which lack a long literary tradition. Especially in cases of script invention, script is not only allocated the role of an identity marker for the speech community, but seems to be expected to strengthen the language itself, and finally to act as a preserver of the minority language.
URI/DOI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4602
ISBN:978-0-9856211-4-8
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 7: Language Endangerment and Preservation in South Asia


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