Papers and Articles Available via Web
South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
- A paper published in the Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Meeting
of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, 1980, pp. 100-110. entitled "The Tamil Liquids." This paper focuses on the issue of
what is or is not a liquid or rhotic sound in Tamil, since there is much contention
about this, and much misinformation. A new and revised version of this paper,
'The Tamil Liquids, Revisited.' is available here.
- A paper entitled "Negation in Tamil".
This article first appeared in SOUTH ASIAN REVIEW, Vol. VI, No. 3 July, 1982, pp. 104-116. It has been modified and
re-edited for html. (HS)
- A paper originally published in the journal Language and
Communication (Vol. 12(1), 1992, pgs. 1-15) entitled "'Resisting Arrest' in
Status Planning: Structural and Covert Impediments to Status Change." Available here
in PDF format.
- A paper originally published in the Journal of the American
Oriental Society entitled ``Intervocalic V-deletion in Tamil: Its Domains and its
Constraints." (JAOS 113(4)513-528, 1993) Available here in
- A paper on the subject of
Standardized Spoken Tamil published
in 1998 as ``Standardization and Restandardization: the case of Spoken
Tamil." Language in Society, Vol. 27 (3) 359-385. Available here in PDF format.
- An article on the question of language maintenance and
language shift in Malaysia and Singapore,
published in Language Loss and Public Policy, I , Garland Bills (ed.),
Southwest Journal of Linguistics, Volume 14, Nos. 1-2, 1995, pp. 151-165.
- An article on `Language Loyalty in the
German-American church.' (A shorter version of this paper has been published as
``Losing the Battle for Balanced Bilingualism: The German-American Case." in J. Pool
(ed.), Linguistic Inequality. Special Issue of Language Problems and Language
Planning (Vol 11, No. 1, Spring, 1987). pp. 66-81.)
- An article on the topic of
Linguistic Primordialism. This paper was published in G. Palmer and
D. Occhi (eds.), Languages of Sentiment. Volume 18 of Advances in
Consciousness Research. Philadelphia and Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Pp.
- An article on
Diglossia as a Sociolinguistic Situation. This has been published
in Florian Coulmas (ed.), The Handbook of
Sociolinguistics. London: Basil Blackwell, Ltd., 1997.
- An article about
French language policy which has been published
in a volume edited by Li
Wei, Jean-Marc Dewaele, and Alex Housen,
and Challenges of Bilingualism. in Contributions to the Sociology of
Language 87, 2002
- An article entitled
``Malaysian Tamils and Tamil Linguistic Culture," in
Language and Communication Vol. 22:2, pp. 159-169, April 2002. Same in
pre-publication PDF version.
- An article about possible language policy models for
- An article entitled "Tongue-Tied in
Singapore: A Language Policy for
Tamil?" which appeared in the
Language, Identity and Education, Vol. 2, No.
2, pp. 105-125.
- An article on the Tamil case system that was published in a
Festschrift for François Gros, entitled South-Indian Horizons: Felicitation
Volume for François Gros on the occasion of his 70th
birthday. Jean-Luc Chevillard and Eva Wilden, eds. Publications du
Département d'Indologie 94. Institut Français de Pondichéry and École
- An article on Bilingualism in South Asia
delivered at the International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISBL4), which has
in the final proceedings.
- An article in a volume on
Language Policy entitled 'Language Policy and Linguistic
Culture." The volume itself has been published by Blackwell and is called An
Introduction to Language Policy: Theory and Method and is edited by Thomas
- A review of Fighting Words: Language Policy
and Ethnic Relations in Asia.
by Michael E. Brown and Šumit Ganguly. BCSIA Studies in International Security.
Cambridge, Mass. MIT Press, 2003. Appeared in Journal of Asian Studies,
Vol. 63, No. 4 (2004) pgs. 1069-71.
- An article on the problem of implementation of language policy
Singapore, focussing on the issue of Tamil language
maintenance there. This article appears in Viniti Vaish and Liu Yongbing
(eds.) Language, Capital, Culture: Critical Studies of Language in Education in
Singapore. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
- An article entitled "The Grammaticalization of Aspect in
Tamil, and its Semantic Sources." In S. Mufwene, R. Wheeler et al.,
(eds.) Polymorphous Linguistics: Jim McCawley's Legacy. 2005, MIT Press.
- An article on Verbal Nouns in Tamil that recently
appeared in the International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, Vol. 34, No.
2, June 2005, pp. 159-166.
- An article entitled "Is Kannada "Endangered"?
Published in S. Agesthialingom, V.S. Arulraj, S.
Chitraputran and A. Karthikeyan (eds.) Prof. S. V.Shanmugam’s 75th
Birthday Celebration Volume, Annamalai University, India (2008).
- A powerpoint presentation entitled
When Language Policies Fail: the Problem of Implementation.
- A powerpoint presentation entitled "Language policy,
Diglossia, and Linguistic Register: What happens when
L-variety languages try to modernize?"
- A PDF version of a paper entitled
"The Ausbau Issue in the Dravidian Languages: the Case of Tamil and the Problem of
Purism." which has been published in IJSL Vol. 191, pp. 45-63 (2008).
- An article that was published in The Future of Citizenship, Edited by
Jose V. Ciprut, entitled "Language, Policy and Citizenship:
MIT Press, 2008.
An English Dictionary of the Tamil Verb is available from
Cre-A: Publishers, P37, Ground Floor, 5th Cross Street, University Colony,
Palavakkam, Chennai 600041. INDIA, at a price of Rs. 750 (plus postage), and also from South Asia Books, P.O. BOX 502
COLUMBIA, MO 65205 or
Phone: (573) 474-0116, for $59 plus shipping and handling.
Also see http://southasiabooks.com.
- Review of Linguistic Inequality in Scientific
Communication Today published in Language Policy.
- A powerpoint presentation on the issue of Authentic
made at a recent conference at UT Austin.
- Link to the Dutch Publisher Brill to order Language Policy and
Language Conflict in Afghanistan. edited by H. Schiffman and Brian Spooner, 2012.
- An article, jointly authored by Richard Weiner, on Language Policy in
Alabama entitled "The language policy of state drivers’ license testing:
expediency, symbolism, or creeping incrementalism?