Laboring For Language

Sumathi Ramaswamy

in Passions of the Tongue

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780520208049
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918795 | DOI:
Laboring For Language

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This chapter moves to questions of labor. It explores how the differing agendas of the various imaginations about Tamil come into play in public policies and politics. It tracks the many dilemmas that trouble its devotees as they translate their “talk” of tamilpparru into tamilppani, “service” and “work” for Tamil.

Keywords: public policy; Tamil; language devotees; labor

Chapter.  18676 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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