Languages & Linguistics of South Asia


  • Digital Urdu Ghazal Reader (Frances Pritchett and Sean Pue)
    An interactive on-line reader that aids students in orthography, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and cultural and literary context. Uses advanced programming for displaying Urdu in script and transliteration. The reader consists of eighteen ghazals by ten poets: Vali, Dard, Mir, Jur'at, Atish, Momin, Zauq, Zafar, Ghalib, and Iqbal.
  • Ethnologue Database
    Summer Institute of Linguistics
        This is a massive compilation of information about the languages of the world, corresponding to the printed publication, Ethnologue: Languages of the world. Fourteenth edition, Barbara F. Grimes, ed. 2000. The volume contains information on some 6,800 languages spoken in the world,including alternate names, number of speakers, location, dialects, linguistic affiliation, and other sociolinguistic and demographic data.
  • Indic Language font portal (Luc Devroye)
  • Indian Alphabet Comparison Page (Eden Golshani)
  • Kashmiri linguistics
    Collection of full-text linguistics papers on Kashmiri language from Prof. Peter Hook, Programin Linguistics and Dept. of Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Michigan.
  • Language in India. -- [Bloomington, MN] : M. S. Thirumalai. March 2001-.
    "...a monthly online journal devoted to the study of the languages spoken in the Indian sub-continent. We wish to present the scholarly research findings on these languages in popular language. Our focus will be on language use in mass media, education and administration, sociolinguistic and political aspects relating to these languages and the society in the Indian subcontinent, linguistic description, interdisciplinary research, and current issues of importance relating to Indian languages..."
  • LCTL: The Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Program (University of Minnesota)
  • Newari Lexicon
    The Newari Lexicon is compiled from a group of Nepalese manuscripts of a single text, the Amarakosa. The manuscripts date from the end of the fourteenth to the early nineteenth centruries. Each manuscript contains the text of the Amarakosa, a popular Sanskrit thesaurus written in verse, with notes in Newari containing brief Newari glosses of each group of Sanskrit synonyms. The Newari Lexicon is a compilation of words from the Newari glosses, with reference to the original Sanskrit and to English glosses.
  • Pushto (Pashtun language) Instructional Recordings (University of Minnesota)
    Produced for the University of Minnesota Pakistan Peace Corps Project, 1965, Manual (text with audio). The site offers 7 introductory lessons withPDF files of the texts and MP3 sound files. The sound files are rather large, ranging from 11 MB to 33 MB. "Don't try this at home with a slow modem!"
  • Sanskrit Knowledge Systems on the Eve of Colonialism
  • The Sanskrit Library - online (Prof. Peter Scharf, Director)
    "...A digital library dedicated to facilitating education and research in Sanskrit by providing access to digitized primary texts in Sanskrit and computerized research and study tools..." Although site registration is required for use, all resources are provided free of charge.
  • Tamil Electronic Library (electronic texts and other valuableresources for study of Tamil)
  • TamilClass.com (extensive online Tamil grammar lessons and related materials, by Sendhil Kumar Cheran).
  • UCLA Language Materials Project
    "Learning resources for less commonly taught languages of the world." Site accesses a large annotated bibliographic database of languagematerials for a large number of languages. Search interface allows you to choose the language, the type of material (dictionary, grammar, phrasebook, etc.), and the level, and then produces detailed annotated bibliographies of the results. South Asian languages in the database include Assamese, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Pashto, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
  • Virtual Picture Album: India
    This is part of the Virtual Picture Album project, of the University of Minnesota's Centerfor Advanced Research on Language Acquisition. It is an archive of digitized photographs and drawings, accompanied by useful descriptions and suggestions for ways teachers can incorporate these pictures into in-class and out-of-class activities. Site also includes other language-teaching resources, such as sample lessons using the VPA, etc.
  • Web Assisted Learning & Teaching of Tamil (WALTT) (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Web Dunia ("The World's First Hindi Portal")