PUNE: A certificate course on introduction to South Asian languages is scheduled to be run in June-July this year by the department of Linguistics at the Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute.
The college issued a proclamation saying that the South Asian languages not only have many characteristics such as grammatical structure and vocabulary, but they are also definitely special when compared to other languages. Almost all the countries of South Asia have linguistic minorities. This course will be focused on increasing knowledge about languages and the linguistic legacy available in the Indian subcontinent.
The main languages in South Asia are Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Austroasiatic (Munda) and Tibeto-Burman. There are many languages belonging to these language families and furthermore, there are some unclassified languages and language isolates as well. India in fact also has a very rich linguistic inheritance. Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu are some of the most important languages spoken in India.
English and Hindi are extensively used in India for communication. There are also some language isolates which do not belong to any language family, like the Burushaski, Kusunda, Nahali, etc. Languages such as Urdu, Bangla, Nepalese, Sinhala, Dhivehi, English, etc are spoken in the countries neighboring to India.
The course will be conducted between June 27 and July 9. There are two sessions planned and the timings are from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm for session I and 2 pm to 4 pm for session II. Interested candidates can contact Sambhaji Jadhav on 8805694802 for further details about the certificate course.