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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 18:17:30 -0600 (MDT) From: Faculty and Research E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: CAS Event - You Speak "Written" and I Write "Spoken": Generational Disjunctures of a Montreal Tamil Heritage Language Industry"
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Deans, Directors, Dept Chairs, System Administration
FROM: The Center for Asian Studies
SENDER: Julie Kang
DATE: April 13, 2010
SUBJECT: CAS Event - You Speak "Written" and I Write "Spoken": Generational Disjunctures of a Montreal Tamil Heritage Language Industry"
CAS Speaker Series: "You Speak 'Written' and I Write 'Spoken': Generational
Disjunctures of a Montreal Tamil Heritage Language Industry"
Friday, April 16 at 4 p.m. in Hale 230
Dr. Sonia Das' research is the first comparative study of Indian Tamils and
Sri Lankan Tamils in Canada, a region with the largest and fastest growing
Tamil-speaking population outside of South Asia. Because the linguistic
nationalist state of Quebec officially recognizes ethnolinguistic and not
ethnonational groups, to be recognized as having different ethnic
affiliations many Indian Tamils and Sri Lankan Tamils in Montreal claim to
speak grammatically different or mutually unintelligible languages. Local
heritage language schools have consequently developed different language
programs for "Spoken Tamil"-speaking Indian Tamils and "Written
Tamil"-speaking Sri Lankan Tamils. In this talk, Dr. Das explores the
implications of generational disjunctures between linguistic ideology and
practice in transforming local and transnational sociolinguistic
Dr. Sonia Das is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Teaching Fellow in the
Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in
Vancouver. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of
Michigan in 2008 and has a Graduate Certificate in South Asian Studies. As a
linguistic and cultural anthropologist, she is broadly interested in topics
of multilingualism, heritage language education, sociolinguistic scales,
semiotics, race and ethnicity, and transnationalism.
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