Language Maintenance, Revival and Shift in the Sociology of Religion Edited by: Rajeshwari Vijay Pandharipande, Maya Khemlani David, Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth

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Ebook(EPUB) - 224 pages
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ISBN:
9781788926683
Published:
31 Dec 2019
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters
Dimensions:
234 x 156
Availability:
Forthcoming

Summary

This volume addresses the question ‘What role does religion play in the maintenance, revival and/or shift, of languages?’ The chapters in this volume explore the complex and dynamic relationship between religion and the maintenance, revival and/or shift of languages in different multilingual multicultural contexts, under diverse sociopolitical conditions, at different points in time. The 12 chapters cover data from Algeria, India, Israel, Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore, UK, USA and Uganda and discuss the impact of context, ideology, identity and education on the following religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and some religions closely associated with China such as Confucianism and Taoism, and their respective languages and varieties of language in these regions. The languages discussed by the writers in this volume include Arabic, English, Hebrew, Malay, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Pali, Sanskrit, Tamazight and Yoruba. 

Review:

This book offers an astonishing and emotional journey into the theory and practice of language and religion. The editors have been immensely successful in assembling a state-of-the art volume by a team of interdisciplinary scholars in the as yet little-known but vibrant field of theolinguistics.

- Tej K. Bhatia, Syracuse University, USA

Author Biography:

Rajeshwari Vijay Pandharipande is University Distinguished Scholar/Teacher, Professor Emerita, Department of Religion, Linguistics, Sanskrit and Comparative and World Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Maya Khemlani David is Adjunct Professor, Jaipuria Institute of Management, India and Research Associate in the Asia Europe Institute, University of Malaya, Malaysia.

Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth is Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, NYU Steinhardt, USA.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional


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