Between convergence and divergence

Reformatting language purism in the Montreal Tamil diasporas

Sonia Das

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    This article examines how ideologies of language purism are reformatted by creating interdiscursive links across spatial and temporal scales. I trace convergences and divergences between South Asian and Québécois sociohistorical regimes of language purism as they pertain to the contemporary experiences of Montreal's Tamil diasporas. Indian Tamils and Sri Lankan Tamils in Montreal emphasize their status differences by claiming that the former speak a modern "vernacular" Tamil and the latter speak an ancient "literary" Tamil. The segregation and purification of these social groups and languages depend upon the intergenerational reproduction of scalar boundaries between linguistic forms, interlocutors, and decentered contexts.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-23
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Linguistic Anthropology
    Volume18
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2008

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    Between convergence and divergence : Reformatting language purism in the Montreal Tamil diasporas. / Das, Sonia.

    In: Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Vol. 18, No. 1, 06.2008, p. 1-23.

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