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Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts

Sonia N. Das


Linguistic Rivalries weaves together anthropological accounts of diaspora, nation, and empire to explore and analyze the multifaceted processes of globalization characterizing the migration and social integration experiences of Tamil-speaking immigrants and refugees from India and Sri Lanka to Montréal, Québec in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In Montréal, a city with more trilingual speakers than in any other North American city, Tamil migrants draw on their multilingual repertoires to navigate longstanding linguistic rivalries by arguing that Indians speak “Spoken Tamil ... More

Keywords: language, migration, politics, South Asia, Québec

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190461775
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190461775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonia N. Das, author
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, New York University