Tatiana Oranskaia and Anvita Abbi (Eds.)
The Heart of Change - Issues on Variation in Hindi
The present volume, which comprises seven English contributions and four in Hindi, addresses issues of linguistic variation – a phenomenon central to the study of language use – in regard to the major official language of India. It combines multiple theoretical and pragmatic approaches to a variety of linguistic phenomena conceptualised under the designation 'Hindi’ and attempts to obtain a more accurate portrayal of the changing reality behind this versatile taxonomic term. In doing so, this volume provides insight into how the forms and functions of Hindi are changing across borders within and outside of India; the concept of language contact is thus present in several of the studies. The analyses are based upon data observed in written texts, including manuscripts, and elicited from instances of oral speech.
The contributions, prepared by established and emerging scholars from several Asian and European countries, investigate functional aspects of the regional, social, and cultural forms of Hindi and how they interact in diﬀering contexts, time periods, and types of communication. A similar vantage point is being adopted in the investigation of possibilities and constraints of formal variation in the grammatical structures of Standard Hindi. In addition to providing analyses from the perspectives of both general linguistics and sociolinguistics, the book discusses issues associated with teaching Hindi from the perspective of language variation.
The volume is distinguished by its innovative character in terms of both the data utilized in it and the width of its scope, and aims to contribute to a better understanding of ‘Hindi’ as a concept as well as of the general principles of linguistic variation.
Tatiana Oranskaia, Prof. (em.) at the Department of Culture and History of India and Tibet, Asien-Afrika-Institut, University of Hamburg, taught first in her alma mater, University of Leningrad/Saint Petersburg, Russia, and from 1998 to 2016 at the University of Hamburg. Her main field of research is historical and modern Indo-Aryan linguistics. She also works on local cults in India and related texts. Her list of publications includes more than 100 works, among them nine monographs and edited volumes.
Anvita Abbi, Ph.D. (Cornell University, USA). Formerly Professor of Linguistics Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. An author and editor of 21 books published nationally and internationally, Professor Abbi’s work on tribal and other minority languages of South Asia has been exemplary and has bagged several national and international awards including the Padma Shri in 2013 by the President of India and the Kenneth Hale Award in 2015 by the Linguistic Society of America for “outstanding lifetime contributions to the documentation and description of languages of India”.