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International conference on Hindi Grammar and Lexicon

3-5 nov. 2021
INALCO, 65 rue des Grands Moulins - Paris (France)


International conference on Hindi grammar and Lexicon Even though the Hindi language has been knowledgeably researched by a significant number of accomplished modern linguists in the last sixty years or so, much of the needed research carried out during this period of time is theory-oriented rather than language-oriented. Consequently, a great deal of the Hindi data which has been used to carry out linguistic analyses is subject to having been purposefully fabricated. Regrettably, while such types of data may serve to open up a theory-oriented discussion within some linguistic framework, they deflect scholarly attention away from many unexplored structural aspects of the Hindi language. On the lexical side, if we carefully look at the lexicographical development of Hindi during the last century, we notice that most of the prestigious monolingual dictionaries of Hindi list loads of ancient words of Sanskrit origin as the core vocabulary of Hindi whereas only a few try to deal with the corpus of spoken Hindi. Unfortunately, none of these none of these dictionaries addresses the key issues related to the standardization of Hindi lexicon. Due to this complex situation the Hindi teacher often has to confront many challenges. On one hand, he or she naturally clings to the idea that a time-honored and deep tradition of historical Sanskrit grammar and lexicon represent the only useful tools to be used in the teaching of Hindi. On the other hand, he or she has to keep pace with recent developments and apply new insights from modern linguistic research in the classroom. These contradictory requirements can impede successful Hindi language teaching. This international conference is intended to provide a needed platform for scholars from diverse schools of thought working in the field of teaching Hindi as a foreign or second language and who want to share their experiences with other colleagues engaged in the same field. Two days of this academic conference will include four plenary talks along with a general session or, if needed, two parallel sessions to consider various key issues in Hindi grammar and lexicon. All studies that aim to carefully explore any central component of Hindi grammar (i.e. phonology, syntax, semantics or pragmatics, etc.) and have some bearing on a successful Hindi teaching are welcome as are those classroom experiments which open up alternative paths to teaching Hindi effectively. On the lexical side, those comparative studies that properly investigate different Hindi registers and those based on comprehensive analysis of Hindi vocabulary (i.e. tatsam, tadbhav, etc.) are particularly welcome. Abstracts of research papers on all topics in Hindi grammar and lexicon concerning the teaching of Hindi as a second language are welcome. They must be anonymous, in PDF format and no longer than one page. Text should be single spaced, in 11pt Times New Roman on A4 with 2.5cm margins.
Discipline scientifique : Sciences de l'Homme et Société

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