Sociolinguistics expert E. Annamalai will visit The University of Iowa Thursday, March 24, to discuss the changing linguistic scene in India. His talk, titled “Challenges to Indian Multilingualism,” begins at 4 p.m. in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre. It is free and open to the public.
Annamalai will elaborate on the many factors causing a shift in the linguistic environment of India, which had been previously known for its stable multilingualism from a demographic standpoint.
He will address factors such as the country’s increasing economic opportunities, the uprooting of traditional social mores and embracing of modernity, the demand for English to have a commanding place in education, and more.
Annamalai is a visiting professor at the University of Chicago.
This talk is co-sponsored by the UI Department of Linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the UI South Asian Studies Program and UI International Programs.
For more information, visit http://international.uiowa.edu/centers/sasp/events/default.asp or contact Alice Davison at email@example.com or 319-335-0211.