Negotiating Languages: Urdu, Hindi, and the Definition of Modern South Asia

Negotiating Languages: Urdu, Hindi, and the Definition of Modern South Asia

Prior to the nineteenth century, South Asian dictionaries, glossaries, and vocabularies reflected a hierarchical vision of nature and human society. By the turn of the twentieth century, the modern dictionary had democratized and politicized language. Compiled “scientifically” through “historical principles,” the modern dictionary became a concrete symbol of a nation’s arrival on the world stage.

Following this phenomenon from the late seventeenth century… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (August 30, 2016)

Collection: South Asia Across the Disciplines

Parent ISBN: 9780231178303

Language: English


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