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ERIC Number: ED020495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jan
Pages: 25
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LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CONTROL IN NORTH INDIA. WORKING PAPER NUMBER 7.
DAS GUPTA, J.; GUMPERZ, JOHN J.
SINCE LINGUISTS HAVE ONLY RECENTLY TURNED FROM GRAMMATICAL ANALYSIS TO CONSIDER THE ROLE OF LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY, THE STUDY OF MODERNIZATION HAS BEEN LEFT LARGELY TO SOCIAL SCIENTISTS WHO CAN HARDLY BE EXPECTED TO DEAL WITH LINGUISTIC QUESTIONS. LANGUAGE PROBLEMS, HOWEVER, ARE KNOWN TO PLAGUE DEVELOPING SOCIETIES. IN POST-INDEPENDENCE INDIA, NATIONAL LANGUAGE, THE LINGUISTIC STATES ISSUE, PROBLEMS OF SCRIPT, AND MINORITY GROUP CLAIMS FOR LINGUISTIC AUTONOMY HAVE LONG PLAYED A DOMINANT PART IN PUBLIC LIFE. SO FAR SUCH PROBLEMS TEND TO BE TREATED PRIMARILY AS CULTURAL OR POLITICAL ISSUES. FEW ATTEMPTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO EXAMINE THEIR RELATION TO MASS COMMUNICATION, SOCIAL MOBILITY, SOCIAL CONTROL, AND OTHER ASPECTS OF SOCIOECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THE PRESENT PAPER EXPLORES THIS PROBLEM BY EXAMINING THE LINGUISTIC POLICIES AND PRACTICES OF TWENTIETH CENTURY LANGUAGE SOCIETIES IN THE NORTH INDIAN STATE OF UTTAR PRADESH. THE AUTHORS ATTEMPT TO DEMONSTRATE THE CLOSE INTERDEPENDENCE BETWEEN COMMUNICATION AND POLITICAL PROCESSES BY SHOWING HOW THE POLICIES AND ACTIVITIES OF THESE INTEREST GROUPS BOTH AFFECT INTERNAL COMMUNICATION CHANNELS AND ARE IN TURN AFFECTED BY THEM. (AUTHOR/AMM)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Language and Behavior Research Lab.
Identifiers: India (Uttar Pradesh); NORTH INDIA