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Author Das, Sonia N., author
Title Linguistic rivalries : Tamil migrants and Anglo-Franco conflicts / Sonia N. Das
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  PL4751 .D325 2016    AVAILABLE    30610020528022
Descript xxii, 269 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Oxford studies in the anthropology of language
Note "This book weaves together anthropological accounts of diaspora, nation, and empire to explore and analyze the multi-faceted processes of globalization characterizing the migration and social integration experiences of Tamil-speaking immigrants and refugees from India and Sri Lanka to Montréal, Québec in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In Montréal, a city with more trilingual speakers than in any other North American city, Tamil migrants draw on their multilingual repertoires to navigate longstanding linguistic rivalries between anglophone and francophone, and Indian and Sri Lankan nationalist leaders by arguing that Indians speak "Spoken Tamil" and Sri Lankans speak "Written Tamil" as their respective heritage languages. Drawing on ethnographic, archival, and linguistic methods to compare and contrast the communicative practices and language ideologies of Tamil heritage language learning in Hindu temples, Catholic churches, public schools, and community centers, this book demonstrates how processes of sociolinguistic differentiation are mediated by ethnonational, religious, class, racial, and caste hierarchies. This book uses the ethnographic and archival study of Tamil mobility and immobility to expose the mutual constitution of elite and non-elite global modernities, defined as language ideological projects in which migrants objectify dimensions of time and space through scalar metaphors"-- Provided by publisher
Introduction -- Purism across the seas -- Narratives of a diaspora -- A heritage language industry -- Inscribing the ur -- Navigating the cosmopolis -- Conclusion -- Appendix -- Glossary
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-259) and index
Subject Tamil language -- Social aspects -- Canada -- Montreal
Tamil diaspora -- Social aspects -- Canada -- Montreal
Anthropological linguistics -- Canada -- Montreal
Sociolinguistics -- Canada -- Montreal
Languages in contact -- Canada -- Montreal
Tamil language -- Usage
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