Harold F. Schiffman's research interests focus on the linguistics of the Dravidian languages, especially Tamil and, to a lesser extent, Kannada, and on the area of language policy. He has published extensively in these two areas where overlapping interests in sociolinguistics (diglossia, language standardization, multilingualism) intersect with language policy and the politics of language. He is also director of the Consortium for Language Policy and Planning.
Readers interested in sociolinguistics, language policy, ethno-linguistic conflict, South, Central, and West Asia and those interested in multilingualism and linguistic history in those areas.
"In the final chapter, Harold F. Schiffman returns to the volume's goal, ''to construct an updated picture of languages and language policy in the region, and give potential language learners a clearer picture of what kinds of resources exist, and what is still needed.'' This goal was certainly attained; the essays do just that, and are brought together adroitly, given the wide range of countries, languages, and policy decisions covered. All of the essays are well written, and show a detailed analysis of the state of multilingualism in their respective countries. As such, the volume can serve as a good springboard for current researchers seeking to draw comparisons between different countries and time periods, for those seeking avenues of research for particular languages or language interactions, as well as for students of language policy interested in Central Asia and the ramifications of cultural, ethnic, and political flux on language use." Richard Littauer, Saarland University Linguist List: September 2012.
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1. Afghan Languages in the Larger Context of Central and South Asia
Harold F. Schiffman and Brian Spooner
Section I: Afghanistan and Iran
2. Language Policy in Afghanistan: Linguistic Diversity and National Unity
3. Locating ‘Pashto’ in Afghanistan: a Survey of Secondary Sources
4. Persian, Farsi, Dari, Tajiki: Language Names and Language Policies
Section II: Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union
5. Reversing Language Shift in Kazakhstan
6. Language Policy and Language Development in Multilingual Uzbekistan
7. The Fate of Uzbek Language in the ‘Other’ Central Asian Republics
Section III: The Northwest Frontier Province and Pashto, Punjabi, and Balochi
8. Pashto Language Policy and Practice in the North West Frontier Province
9. A ‘Vernacular’ for a ‘New Generation’? Historical Perspectives about Urdu and Punjabi and the Formation of Language Policy in Colonial Northwest India
Jeffrey M. Diamond
10. Balochi: Towards a Biography of the Language
Section IV: Pedagogical Resources and Conclusion
11. Resources for the Study of Language Policies and Languages of Afghanistan and Its Neighbors
Harold F. Schiffman