Centre for Indigenous Languages and Dialects will endeavour to meet the objective of preserving, protecting and promoting the tribal cultural diversity as well as heritage in Odisha. Since tribal languages and dialects (mother tongues) are the codes of their respective cultures, and some of these are on the verge of extinction, these have to be identified and preserved through the practices of mapping and documentation.
The languages of the 62 tribal groups and the 13 particularly vulnerable tribal groups across Odisha, the highest number in both categories in India, are to be mapped to ascertain not only their geographic patterns of distribution but study the local variations within specific language boundaries. In this connection, data are to be collected by student volunteers and collaboration be done with research institutions and universities such as the Academy of Tribal Languages and Cultures, Government of Odisha, SCSTRTI, Odisha and CIIL, Mysore, Government of India, Central University of Koraput, Sambalpur University, Kalahandi University etc.
- This Centre envisages preparation bilingual and even tri-lingual lexicons, involving tribal languages and Odia as well as English from general service list, writing of rudimentary grammar of select tribal languages with a focus on syntax
- Transcription and translation of tribal folkloric narratives
KISS-DU Hosts International Distinguished Invited Lecture on Klapa Singing
The School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures, the School of Tribal Resource Management and the Centre for Indigenous Languages and Narratives organized an international distinguished invited lecture on ‘When Heritage Becomes Culture: National [...]
KISS-DU Observes International Mother Language Day
The School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures (SCTLL) and the Centre for Indigenous Languages and Narratives, KISS-DU, jointly observed International Mother Language Day on 22nd February 2023. In an initiative to protect, promote [...]
KISS-DU Organizes Workshop for Preparation of Multilingual Glossaries of Subject-Specific Technical Terms in Indian Languages
Modern education in India is increasingly reliant on conveying technical concepts to students, study participants, resource persons, and holders of traditional knowledge in their mother tongues, to facilitate teaching and research. However, in science, [...]
KISS Organises Workshop to Develop KUVI Character Set
The once widely spoken KUVI indigenous language in states such as Odisha and Andhra Pradesh is listed as an endangered language by UNESCO. To give fresh vitality to the language and increase its day-to-day usage, the Kalinga [...]
“KISS’ LANGUAGE CLUB”
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KISS-DU Celebrates 118th Birth Anniversary of Guru Gomke Pandit Raghunath Murmu
KISS Deemed to be University celebrated the 118th Birth Anniversary of Guru Gomke Pandit Raghunath Murmu on 16th May 2022. Pandit Raghunath Murmu (May 1905 – February 1982) was an Indian writer and educator. He was the man [...]