Vadodara: A two-day national language
conference was held here to save languages and dialects spoken
by tribal nomadic communities, from extinction.
The confluence organised by city-based Bhasha research
and publication centre called for commencement of short term
courses on tribal languages in each of the state to preserve
The meet, which ended yesterday also sought help from
the state and central government for publishing literature in
Eminent linguist and the founder director of Central
Institute of Indian Language D P Pattanayak requested the
Centre to conduct a linguistic survey to get a know-how of all
the languages spoken in small adivasi communities.
Ganesh Devi, founder trustee of Bhasha Research and
publication centre said, the meet was orgainised with a view
to battle the erosion of Indian languages-- bhashas -- and for
conservation of oral traditions of marginalised communities.
"While the Centre`s (established in 1996) efforts have
resulted in improvement of some of Bhilli group languages one
feels pained to see how many Indian languages have become
extinct, and how rapidly."
"In the census reports of 1961, a total of 1652 mother
tongues were mentioned. Several hundred of these are no longer
traceable. During the first half of the twentieth century,
India reportedly lost about one-fifth of its languages, during
the second half of the last century, we have lost about one
third of the remaining languages," Devi said at the