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Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities

The Ecology of Language in Multilingual India

Voices of Women and Educators in the Himalayan Foothills

Authors: Groff, Cynthia

  • Provides an in-depth, situated perspective on multilingualism in India
  • Explores the connections between language policy and language ideology through the experiences of minority language speakers
  • Examines how students and educators navigate a multilingual society and diverse classroom practices
  • Highlights the priorities of young Kumauni women and educators around the themes of language, education, and empowerment
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About this book

This book explores the linguistic ecology of the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand, India through the experiences and discourses of minority youth and their educators. Providing in-depth examples of Indian multilingualism, this volume analyses how each language is valued in its own context; how national-level policies are appropriated and contested in local discourses; and how language and culture influence educational opportunities and identity negotiation for Kumauni young women. In doing so, the author examines how students and educators navigate a multilingual society with similarly diverse classroom practices. She simultaneously critiques the language and education system in modern India and highlights alternative perspectives on empowerment through the lens of a unique Gandhian educational context. This volume allows Kumauni women and their educators to take centre stage, and provides a thoughtful and nuanced insight into their minority language environment. This unique book is sure to appeal to students and scholars of multilingualism, sociolinguistics, language policy and minority languages. 

 

About the authors

Cynthia Groff is Guest Researcher at Leiden University, Netherlands. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, she has conducted post-doctoral research through Université Laval, Québec, Canada, and the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico.  

Reviews

“Cynthia Groff invites readers to get to know Kumani young women’s multilingualism, literacy practices, and lives – as told in their own words and stories. Drawing on her experiences living and learning with them at Lakshmi Ashram in northern India, Groff eloquently shows how the young women’s experiences entwine with the school’s Gandhian vision of empowerment. (Nancy Hornberger, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

“Cynthia Groff's ethnographic work in the Kumaun region of India offers an excellent kaleidoscopic view of multilingualism from a folk perspective and an insightful analysis of the complexities and challenges of some core issues in multilingualism — the fluidity of linguistic boundaries and the hierarchical relationships among languages. The work shows a deep engagement with the current concerns in respect of language policies and practices in multilingual societies.” (Ajit Mohanty, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)

“Cynthia Groff’s book is a major achievement and contribution in the field of Educational Linguistics. The carefully observed, often lyrical, rendering of ethnographic detail is punctuated by astute insights about the language ecology in the Kumaun region of India. Connections are highlighted between Indian language policy, language ideologies, and the educational experiences of a group of girls in a Gandhian boarding school. The girls are the heart of the book and, by highlighting their beliefs and experiences, Groff gives voice to those who have traditionally been quieted, in India and throughout the world.” (David Cassels Johnson, University of Iowa, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Ecological Metaphors, Minority Voices, and Language Education in the Kumaun

    Groff, Cynthia

    Pages 1-19

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  • Lakshmi Ashram and the Kumaun: Young Women and Gandhian Educators in Their Linguistic and Educational Context

    Groff, Cynthia

    Pages 21-43

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  • National-Level Language and Education Policies in India: Kumaunis as Linguistic Minorities

    Groff, Cynthia

    Pages 45-79

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  • Language and Ethnography: Conducting Research in the Kumaun

    Groff, Cynthia

    Pages 81-108

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  • Language Use and Language Labels in Community: Bhasha and Boli

    Groff, Cynthia

    Pages 109-134

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Buy this book

eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-51961-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-51960-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ecology of Language in Multilingual India
Book Subtitle
Voices of Women and Educators in the Himalayan Foothills
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51961-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51961-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51960-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 311
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