Home Page of Franklin C. Southworth

Professor Emeritus of South Asian Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania



Recent publications

Forthcoming     Proto-Dravidian Agriculture, to appear in a volume of papers from the 7th ESCA Round Table Conference held at Kyoto in June 2005 (download PDAgriculture.pdf)
2005    Linguistic archaeology of South Asia, London: Routledge-Curzon (for the Table of Contents and chapter summaries, download LASAcontents.pdf)

2005    Prehistoric implications of the Dravidian element in the NIA lexicon, with special reference to Marathi, International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics 34.1.17-28 (download DravidianElement.pdf)

SARVA (South Asian Residual Vocabulary Assemblage) Project
The SARVA Project is a research tool in the form of an online, ongoing etymological dictionary, whose ultimate goal is to assemble all words showing early language contact among the (known and unknown) languages of the subcontinent, in order to provide data for the reconstruction of  the history of language contact in the region, from the time of  the earliest knowable South Asian linguistic strata, including inferences regarding the locations of these strata in time and space. The Project can be accessed at http://www.aa.tufs.ac.jp/sarva/. A description of the Project is available here (download SARVA.pdf).

PUBLICATIONS (Franklin C. Southworth)
  2005    Linguistic archaeology of South Asia, London: Routledge-Curzon

2005    Prehistoric implications of the Dravidian element in the NIA lexicon, with special reference to Marathi, Intl. Jl. of Dravidian Linguistics 34.1.17-28

1995    Reconstructing social context from language: Indo-Aryan and Dravidian prehistory, in The Indo-Aryans of ancient South Asia (ed. G. Erdosy). Walter de Gruyter

1992    South Asian emblematic gestures, in Dimensions of South Asia as a sociolinguistic area  (ed. E. Dimock et al.), New Delhi: Oxford & IBH

1990    The reconstruction of prehistoric South Asian language contact, in The uses of linguistics  (ed. E. Bendix), New York: New York Academy of Sciences

1989    (with Walter Fairservis). Linguistic archaeology and the Indus Valley culture, in Old problems and new perspectives in the archaeology of South Asia (ed. J. Kenoyer), University of Wisconsin, Madison

1988    Ancient economic plants of South Asia: linguistic archaeology and early agriculture, pp. 649-68 in Languages and cultures: studies in honor of Edgar C. Polome (ed. M. A. Jazayery and W. Winter), Mouton de Gruyter

1985    The social context of language standardization in India, Language of Inequality  (ed. N. Wolfson & J. Manes) 225-41, Mouton & Co.

1982    Dravidian and Indo-European: the neglected relationship, International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics  11.1.1-21

1979    Lexical evidence for early contacts between Indo-Aryan and Dravidian, in Aryan and non-Aryan in India (ed. M. Deshpande & P. Hook), Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan.

1978    Language and mass communication in India, in Mass culture, language and arts in India (ed. M. L. Apte), Bombay: Popular Prakashan
            On the need for qualitative data to supplement language statistics some proposals based on the Indian census, Indian Linguistics 39.136-54

1977    Functional aspects of linguistic heterogeneity, in Indian Bilingualism (ed. P. G. Sharma & S. Kumar), Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Agra

1976    Cereals in South Asian prehistory: a look at the linguistic evidence, in Ecological backgrounds of South Asian prehistory  (ed. K. Kennedy & G. Possehl), South Asia Program, Cornell University
            The verb in Marathi and Konkani, International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics 5.2.298-326
            On subgroups in Dravidian, International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics 5.1.114-37

1975    Sociolinguistic research in south India: achievements and prospects, in Essays on South India (ed. Burton Stein), Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

1974    (with M. L. Apte) Contact and Convergence in South Asian Languages (Special publication of the International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics), Trivandrum, South India
            Linguistic stratigraphy of North India, in Contact and convergence in South Asian languages, pp. 201-23 (see previous item).

1972    Some problems in defining 'standard' language in India, England, and the United States, in Proceedings of the Conference on Dravidian Linguistics. Dravidian Linguistic Association, Trivandrum

1971    Detecting prior creolization: an analysis of the historical origin of Marathi, in Pidginization and creolization of languages (edited by Dell Hymes), Cambridge University Press.

1969    Marathi, in Trends in Linguistics V, Mouton & Co., The Hague 9.

1967    On subgroups in Dravidian, International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics 5.1.114-37
            Nepali Transformational Structure: A Sketch, Deccan College, Poona

 1961   The Marathi verbal sequences and their co-occurrences, Language 37.201-83


1990    Linguistic and social processes in linguistic diffusion, in Languages in contact (ed. Maya Bratanic et al.) Institute of Linguistics, University of Zagreb, Yugoslavia
   “Contact and interference" and "Synchronic manifestations of language change", in Research guide on language change (ed. E. Polome), Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin & New York

 1980   Indian bilingualism: some educational and linguistic implications, Studies in child language and multilingualism  (ed. V. Teller & S. J. White) The New York Academy of Sciences

 1979   Sociolinguistic variation and semantic structure: the case of Tamil KaRi, in Language and Society Anthropological Issues (ed. W. McCormack & S. Wurm). Mouton

 1974   (with C. J. Daswani) Foundations of linguistics. The Free Press 
        Linguistic masks for power: some relationships between semantic and social change, Anthropological Linguistics 16.177-91 17.

 1971   Some sociolinguistic implications for genetic classification of languages, in Proceedings of the first all-India conference of linguists. Deccan College, Poona

1967    A model of semantic structure, Language 43.342-61 8. 15.

1964    Family-tree diagrams in comparative linguistics, Language 40.557-65 4.

1954    French elements in the Luxembourg dialect, Bulletin linguistique et ethnologique, Luxembourg, pp. 1-20


1996    On the place of nonverbal communication in language pedagogy, in The  teaching and acquisition of South Asian languages  (ed. V. Gambhir). University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia
            (with S. K. Gambhir & V. Gambhir) Communication-oriented materials for  intermediate Hindi, South Asia Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

1987    njf[ idwjjAN njA ljogj (New Directions, New People), a series of twenty videotaped episodes for instruction in Hindi-Urdu, produced by Riverbank Studio, New Delhi, under the overall supervision of F. C. Southworth

1971    The Student's Hindi-Urdu Reference Manual, University of Arizona Press.

1965    (with N.B. Kavadi) Spoken Marathi Part I, University of Pennsylvania Press
            (with N.B. Kavadi) Spoken Marathi Part II, South Asian Institute;University of Pennsylvania