Anvita Abbi

Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
Talk Title: 
Tribal and Endangered Languages of India
Event Type: 
General Events
Fall 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017, 5:00 pm
Center for India Studies, East 5350 Library
Bishembarnath & Sheela Mattoo
Invites you to a conversation on
Tribal and Endangered Languages of India
Professor Anvita Abbi
Professor Emerita of Linguistics,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and
President, Linguistic Society of India
Thursday, August 24, 2017, 5 P.M.
Center for India Studies, East 5350 Library
Prof Anvita Abbi taught Linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
for 38 years. She is a distinguished researcher on minority languages of the
Indian sub-continent and has carried out first-hand field research on all seven
language families of India. Her recent work has been on the endangered
languages of the Andaman Islands. She identified a new language family of
India, namely Great Andamanese (2003), which was subsequently verified by
population genetic studies. She has authored, co-authored and edited 19
books and over ninety papers on areal typology, language documentation,
structures of tribal and minority languages, language policy and education, and
analysis of ethno-linguistic aspects of language use. She has taught in the USA,
UK, Europe and Australia. She has been a Guest Scientist at the Max Planck
Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology at Leipzig, Germany; Leverhulme
Professor at SOAS, England; and advisor to UNESCO.
In 2015, Prof. Abbi was recipient of the Kenneth Hale Award of the Linguistic
Society of America for outstanding lifetime contributions to the description
and documentation of languages of India and the Padma Shri (2013) by the
President of India for her pioneering work on endangered languages.
She is the President of the Linguistic Society of India and Honorary Director of
the Centre for Oral and Tribal Literature at Sahitya Akademi (Indian Academy
of Letters), New Delhi. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Simon Fraser
University, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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