Language Diversity, Linguistic Theory and Cultural Identity in South Asia

Supported by Yale University:
The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund
FAS Social Science Division
The South Asian Studies Council
The Department of Linguistics


Program Committee: Rajesh Bhatt & Veneeta Dayal

Website Designer: Ushasi Banerjee

Dates & Venue: Friday April 29 – Saturday April 30, 2022 at New Haven, CT (USA)  Venue: Luce Hall (Room 203), 34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven. Space is somewhat limited, but zoom information is available on the program page.

South Asia is an area with great linguistic diversity. The Indian constitution recognizes 23 languages, languages that are recognized as the official languages of particular states and/or languages which have been officially recognized for historical or cultural reasons. Outside of this official count, however, the number of Indian languages is thought to exceed 325 – and this is a conservative estimate. When other countries in the region are brought into the picture, the number of official and unofficial languages becomes even larger.

Language is an integral part of human experience and the diversity we see in South Asia has implications for the study of language from a number of perspectives. This two-day conference will have panels devoted to different aspects of language diversity, with some sessions focused on theoretical linguistics and some sessions on issues of broader interest.

We believe the workshop will be of interest not only to those whose scholarship is in linguistics and language-related research, but also to those who are curious about issues related to language. We would like to engage scholars from within and outside Yale in the exploration of language diversity in South Asia.