Scripting a new identity: The battle for Devanagari in nineteenth century India

@article{Ahmad2008ScriptingAN,
  title={Scripting a new identity: The battle for Devanagari in nineteenth century India},
  author={Rizwan Ahmad},
  journal={Journal of Pragmatics},
  year={2008},
  volume={40},
  pages={1163-1183}
}
This study investigates the discursive construction of Hindu identity in the late nineteenth century in North India. Analyzing historical data from a language ideological debate, I show that the construction of the Hindi language and script as perfect and the Urdu language and script as defective were part of the construction of Hindu identity. The metalinguistic debate on Hindi and Urdu often transgressed from linguistic into sociocultural realms by establishing links between language, ethics… Expand

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