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Report on prioritizing instruction in the LCTLs of South Asia

Through the Spring of 2003, Harold F. Schiffman, Professor of Dravidian Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, coordinated the project to prioritize instruction of South Asian languages under the eLCTL Initiative as part of his work as director of curricular materials projects for the South Asian Language Resource Center (SALRC).

David Gilmartin, Professor of History at North Carolina State University, subsequently took over the role of coordinator in conjunction with a committee representing the SALRC, including Steven Poulos, director of the SALRC, James Nye (University of Chicago) , Tony Stewart (North Carolina State University), and Joseph Elder (University of Wisconsin).

Discussions of issues involved in prioritizing the languages of the region were held at the following meetings:

Read a report prepared by the coordinator in preparation for the Santa Fe meeting

Read a report prepared by the coordinator following the Santa Fe meeting

View a demographic table listing numbers of first-language speakers of the LCTLs of South Asia (data derived from the web-version of Grimes, Barbara, ed. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 14th edition, vol. 1 (2000))

View data and other information about South Asian LCTL offerings at Title VI centers, U.S. Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Defense Language Institute, and other institutions in the U.S. from 2001-04.

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