ERIC Number: EJ726562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-15
Issues of Language Maintenance and Education of Aboriginal Children in India: An Interview with Ajit K. Mohanty, Internationally Acclaimed Indian Psycholinguist
Childhood Education, v81 n6 p360 Aug 2005
Ajit Kumar Mohanty is a Professor of Social Psychology of Education at the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Mohanty received his doctorate from University of Alberta, Canada, in 1978, and was a postdoctoral Fulbright fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, between 1981-1982. He was among the 25 prominent linguists in the world who participated in an International Symposium on Multilingual Education in 2004 at Columbia University. Professor Mohanty has more than 80 publications to his credit, which include books, book chapters, journal articles, and development of tests. He has developed a UNICEF language training package for Oriya-speaking children with delayed language development. He has developed a developmental stage model of multilingual awareness. His research studies have examined the social, educational, and cognitive implications of bilingualism among linguistic minorities, within the context of Indian multilingualism. He also has studied the effects of early environmental conditions, such as mother-child verbal interactions and the influence of the home environment on language development. Currently, he is examining minority language issues and the relationship between poverty and language in India. In September 2004, Mohanty addressed students and faculty at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Questions for this interview are based partly on Mohanty's presentations at CSULB, which were titled "Hierarchical Multilingualism and Marginalization of Minority Mother Tongues" and "Minority Mother Tongues and Multilingual Education: Problems and Prospects." In this interview, Mohanty discusses the aboriginal people and aboriginal languages in India as well as the rate of literacy and academic achievement of aboriginal children.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multilingualism, Language Research, Language Maintenance, Language Acquisition, Interviews, Language Minorities, Indigenous Populations, Bilingualism, Cognitive Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India