Rewriting the past and reimagining the future: The social life of a Tamil heritage language industry

  title={Rewriting the past and reimagining the future: The social life of a Tamil heritage language industry},
  author={Sonia N. Das},
  journal={American Ethnologist},
  • Sonia N. Das
  • Published 1 November 2011
  • Sociology, Linguistics
  • American Ethnologist
Globally circulating discourses associated with heritage language industries often promote temporally dichotomous views of spoken and written languages that deny coeval status to linguistic minorities. In the multilingual city of Montreal, Quebec, where Sri Lankan refugees work to preserve a classicalist style of Written Tamil and Indian immigrants work to revitalize a modernist style of Spoken Tamil, this division of labor is undermined by elders and youth who, in mixing colloquial and… 

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