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Author Das, Sonia N., author.

Title Linguistic rivalries : Tamil migrants and Anglo-Franco conflicts / Sonia N. Das.

Published New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.44294811071428 DAS    DUE 12-08-19
Physical description xxii, 269 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Series Oxford studies in the anthropology of language
Oxford studies in the anthropology of language.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-259) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Purism across the seas -- Narratives of a diaspora -- A heritage language industry -- Inscribing the Ūr -- Navigating the cosmopolis -- Conclusion.
Summary "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.
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.
ISBN 9780190461782