Sociolinguistics expert E. Annamalai will visit the University of Iowa Thursday, March 24, 2011, 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.