KU’s Linguistic Dept holds International Webinar

Srinagar: A two-day International webinar on ‘Perspectives on Indigenous Minority Linguistic Groups: Issues, Challenges and Prospectus’ organized by the Department of Linguistics, University of Kashmir (KU) concluded on Thursday.
The Webinar was attended by more than 90 participants including students, scholars, researchers and faculty members from different parts of India and other countries like USA, Sweden, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, KSA, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Prof. Talat Ahmed , Vice-Chancellor KU in his presidential address highlighted the significance of undertaking the research on language endangerment.
Referring to Ethnologue, a global watchdog on status of world’s languages, Prof. Talat expressed concern over the speed at which languages around the world are dying and exhorted the local researchers to put efforts to stop any such trend in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
In his address Prof . Shakeel Ramshoo, Dean Research, KU congratulated the department for organizing this International webinar on such a vital theme and assured the department of all the support in its various research endeavours.
Dr. Nisar Ahmad Mir , Registrar, KU appreciated the organizers of the webinar and talked about the importance of mother tongue in the overall identity of societies and cultures. Commending the department for its good work Dr.Nisar promised the Department of extension of the already established Language Lab.
Addressing the webinar Prof. Lily want, Dean, School of Arts, Languages and Literature talked about the different aspects of documenting languages and reflected on how the documentation is relevant to literature and making the whole process as a very important link for opening up gates for interdisciplinary studies.
Professor Nazir Ahmad Dhar, former head, Department of Linguistics, KU delivered the keynote address and talked at length about the linguistic composition of Jammu and Kashmir and the phenomenon of language endangerment. He also talked about the status of the minority and the lesser known languages of J&K and the urgent need of documentation, promotion and preservation of these languages.

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