Scripting the border: script practices and territorial imagination among Santali speakers in eastern India

  title={Scripting the border: script practices and territorial imagination among Santali speakers in eastern India},
  author={Nishaant Choksi},
  journal={International Journal of the Sociology of Language},
  pages={47 - 63}
  • N. Choksi
  • Published 1 May 2014
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of the Sociology of Language
Abstract This article examines the role of ``borders'' in the writing practices of Santali speakers, who are spread across the states of Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and Assam in eastern India. A tension between a ``trans-border'' linguistic homogeneity and a ``bordered'' linguistic heterogeneity occurs in discussions around script. Santali is written in the various ``official'' scripts. Together with regional scripts, there is a recently invented script, called Ol Chiki (`writing symbol') in… 

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