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Carlan, Hannah. 2018. “In the mouth of an aborigine”: language ideologies and logics of racialization in the Linguistic Survey of India. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2018 (252) : 97–124.
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De Gruyter


The Linguistic Survey of India (LSI), edited and compiled by George Abraham Grierson, was the first systematic attempt by the British colonial government to document India's spoken languages and dialects. This study elucidates the centrality of language in colonial constructions of social difference in India, as well as the continued interest of language as a tool for warrenting claims for political recognition in postcolonial India.