People’s Linguistic Survey of India: The Languages of Chhattisgarh, Volume 7, Part II
Chief Editor: G. N. Devy
Volume Editor: Madhu Singh
Publisher: Orient BlackSwan
No. of Pages: 256
The Languages of Chhattisgarh (volume seven, part two) of the People’s Linguistic Survey of India discusses the Non-Scheduled languages spoken and in use in Chhattisgarh. The volume is a novel attempt to document the languages of the state– each chapter is dedicated to a language and explores its history, statistics of usage, linguistic characteristics, grammatical features, folklore, and vocabulary; multiple examples are provided to give the reader as broad a sense of the language as possible
G.N. Devy is the chief editor of the PLSI series. He taught at the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, till 1996 before leaving to set up the Bhasha Research Centre in Baroda and the Adivasi Akademi at Tejgadh. There, he worked towards conserving and promoting the languages and culture of indigenous and nomadic communities. Apart from being awarded the Padma Shree, he has received many awards for his work in literature and language conservation.
Madhu Singh is Professor, Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Lucknow. She holds a PhD in modern British poetry, and her interests range from South Asian literary culture, the works of Mahasweta Devi, Hindi/Urdu Progressive writers, Modernism in Hindi short fiction, and Kabir’s mysticism, to South Asian colonial studies focusing on indigeneity, marginality and colonial representation. Her critical papers and translations have appeared in various Indian and international academic journals. She has also translated G. N. Devy’s A Nomad called Thief and Ramchandra Singh’s Thirteen Years: A Naxalite Jail Diary.