[EDLING:1022] ELF Brownbag: Mother-tongue Education in Pluralingual Contexts

Wei Zeng weizeng at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Mon Oct 3 16:23:03 UTC 2005

The Educational Linguistics Forum is hosting a Brown Bag Lunch

12pm to 1:30pm, Friday,  October 7, 2005

"Mother-tongue Education in Pluralingual Contexts"

with Dr. Lachman Khubchandani

GSE Room 203

Lachman Khubchandani is Founding Director of the Centre for Communication
Studies in Pune and a Professor of Linguistics. Dr. Khubchandani is
Consultant to the  C-DAC (Centre for the Development of Advance Computing)
in Pune. He is an alumnus of  the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Khubchandani  has taught in India, the United States, and the United
Kingdom. Yugoslavia, Singapore, and Sudan, and has worked as Language
Planning consultant at the UNESCO and at the East-West Center, Honolulu; was
Chairman of the Adolphe Quetelet Work Group on Language Statistics
(1974-78); Vice-President, Research Committee on Sociolinguistics of the
International Sociological Association (1982-86); and Member of the UNESCO
Work Group 'Right To Communicate' (1974-77). Currently he is associated as
Coordinator to the UNESCO's 'Village India' Project conducted by the Indira
Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, and Expert to the
Multilingual Education Project, UNESCO Paris.

He has contributed several publications in the fields of sociolinguistics,
culture and communication. Prominent among them are: Plural Languages,
Plural Cultures (East-West Center; Honolulu 1983); Language, Education,
Social Justice (Pune 1981); Linguistic Demography (Pune 1981); Language,
Culture and Nation-building (Shimla 1990); Tribal Identity (Shimla 1992),
Revisualizing Boundaries (Sage, New Delhi 1997); and Sindhi Heritage (Delhi
1997). He has edited two volumes: Linguistics and Language Planning in India
(Pune 1969); and Language in A Plural Society (Shimla 1988); and compiled
Sindhi-English Dictionary (two fascicules, Pune 1981), Bibliography of
Sociolinguistics in South Asia (Shimla 1973). In preparation: Sindhi
Diaspora in a Global Perspective.

Dr. Khubchandani is a member of the editorial boards of International
Journal of the Sociology of Language (Mouton, Berlin), Language and
Education (Multilingual Matters, Clevendon), and Language Policies (Kluwer,
The Netherlands). He received the 1993 Media India Award for research in
communication, and Man of the Year 2000 Award of the American Biographical
Institute. He is Member of the Scientific Council based at Barcelona, to
follow-up the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights with support from

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