Language Digest - 2
Let us start by 3 statements all coming from different conflict zones, typical of the role languages play in such scenarios. Manipur, Nepal and Kashmir.
Taking forward the theme of conflict, here are some other effects of language antagonism: Asaam. In his new book, Subramanian Swamy asks Hindu's to vow to learn Sanskrit. Look towards the end of the review.
And contrary to what I said, here is this blog post from Bangalore in which police refuses to help since the complainer was not able to speak Kannada.
To bring back some cheer, efforts to promote languages: Bhutan and Konkani
UT Austin launches Hindi-Urdu program and Cambridge recently closed its Sanskrit Dept. But academicians speak up for Sanskrit.
Sindhi Language is doing fine and so is Dakhani in India.
In Hindi Literature, translations are in vogue these days.
On technology side, Tegic released predictive text for Hindi.
To end, here is Pratap Bhanu Mehta on lessons from 1956 linguistic reorganization of states.