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Professor Anvita Abbi (born 9 January 1949) is an Indian linguist and scholar of minority languages, known for her studies on tribal languages and other minority languages of South Asia. The Government of India honoured her, in 2013, by awarding her the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for her contributions to the field of linguistics. Biography Anvita Abbi was born on 9 January 1949, in Agra, the land of Taj Mahal, in family that had produced a number of Hindi writers. After schooling at local institutions, Anvita graduated in economics (BA Hons) from the University of Delhi in 1968. Subsequently, she secured a master's degree (MA) in linguistics from the same university with first division and first rank in 1970 and continued her studies to obtain a PhD from the Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, in 1975, her major for the doctoral studies being General Linguistics and the minor in South Asian Linguistics. she worked as professor of linguistics at Centre for Linguistics, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies. Abbi lives in New Delhi, at the Dakshinapuram campus of JNU. Legacy Anvita Abbi is credited with extensive research on the six language families in India and the languages and culture of the Great Andamanese which she did as a part of the Endangered Languages Documentation Project (ELDP) project on Vanishing Voices of the Great Andamanese (VOGA), SOAS, University of London. Her studies of 2003-2004 have helped in identifying the distinct characteristics of two Great Andamanese languages, Jarawa and Onge which promoted the concept of a sixth language family of India. Later researches on Andamanese people by other scholars have reported to have confirmed Abbi's findings by discovering two distinct haplogroups of the region, viz. M31 and M32.She resumed her research on the topic in 2006, concentrating on the morpho-syntax and lexicon of three dying languages of Andaman Islands and is reported to have unearthed the evidences proving that Great Andamenese belongs to a linguistically different language family. She has brought also out an English-Great Andamanese-Hindi Dictionary. Her current project covers the grammar and the evolution of Great Andamanese languages and its people.A teacher at the JNU, Abbi has assisted 20 PhD and 29 MPhil students in their researches. Positions Abbi has held many positions of importance, both at administrative and academic levels. Current position: Director, Center of Oral and Tribal Literature Sahtiya Akademi, New Delhi India. Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and the President of the Linguistic society of India. She has served as an advisor to institutions such as UNESCO (since 2002) and Sahitya Akademi. She is also a life member of the Linguistic Society of India at their Dravidian Linguistics Association wing and has also sat on the editorial board of two journals, Indian Linguistics (1991–95) and the International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics (1992–96).The list of academic and organizational responsibilities Professor Anvita Abbi has carried out may be listed as: Professional assignments and memberships Abbi has been invited by several universities around the world as visiting professor. She has taught at the following universities: Anvita Abbi, an honorary life member of the Linguistic Society of America and the Dravidian Linguistics Association, sits on the Advisory Board of Terralingua and the UNESCO. She has also served as a Director Board member of Terralingua during 1998-2008. Lectures Anvita Abbi has presented papers and delivered keynote addresses at various platforms and at many institutions of repute. A random selection of her lectures are: Publications Anvita Abbi is credited with 19 books, authored, coauthored and edited. Her writings cover the typology, structures and ethno linguistic aspects of languages and their documentation. Her work spanned the entire Indian subcontinent and the most known among her works is her project, Vanishing Voices of the Great Andamanese. Endangered Languages of the Andaman Islands A Manual of Linguistic Fieldwork and Structures of Indian Languages Language Structure and Language Dynamics in South Asia (Select papers from the SALA XVIII) Languages of Tribal and Indigenous Peoples of India. The Ethnic Space Language and The State. Perspectives on the Eighth Schedule Semantic Universals in Indian Languages India as a Linguistic Area Revisited Reduplication in South Asian Languages. An Areal, Topological and Historical Study Studies in Bilingualism Semantic Theories and Language Teaching Semantic Grammar of Hindi. A Study of Reduplication A Dictionary of the Great Andamanese Language: English-Great Andamanese-Hindi A Grammar of the Great Andamanese Language. An Ethnolinguistic Study. 2013. Brill Publications. Leiden. ISBN 978-90-04-23527-4 (hardback); 978-90-04-24612-6 Unwritten Languages of India (edited) 2017. Sahitya Akademi Publications, Delhi. ISBN 978-81-260-5266-0Her Hindi short story anthology, Mutthhi Bhar Pahcaan, was published in 1969. Mutthhi Bhar Pahcaan (A Handful of Recognition). A collection of short stories 1969. Radhakrishan Prakashan, Delhi.Anvita Abbi has also published over 80 articles in national and international peer reviewed journals. Some of her notable articles are: Vanishing Voices of the Great Andamanese (VOGA) Universal Grammar, Language Evolution, and Documenting an Ancient Language. Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory Is Great Andamanese genealogically and typologically distinct from Onge and Jarawa?Awards and recognitions Anvita Abbi has been honoured by several institutions and establishments. She has held the position of the Visiting Scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany for three years, 200, 2003 and 2010. She was a Leverhume Professor at the SOAS, University of London in 2011 and a fellow of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cornell University, New York, USA in 1990 and a visiting fellow of the La Trobe University, Melbourne in 2003. Abbi was a visiting professor at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia during 2010-2011. Some of the other honours she has received are: Kenneth Hale Award by the Linguistic Society of America. ‘For outstanding lifetime contributions to the documentation and description of languages of India, with particular note of her extraordinary contributions to the documentation of the Great Andamanese language, a moribund language that is a key isolate in understanding the peopling of Asia and Oceania.’ 2015. Rashtriya Lok Bhasha Sammaan - Gandhi Hindustani Sahitya Sabha - 2003 Fellowship - All India Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla - 2001 Gold Medal - Delhi University - 1970In 2013, the Government of India honoured Anvita Abbi by awarding her the civilian award of Padma Shri. See also Great Andamanese people Jarawa language (Andaman Islands) Önge language Lists of endangered languages References Further reading "Vanishing Voices of the Great Andamanese". SOAS, University of London. 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. Anvita Abbi (1 January 2006). Endangered Languages of the Andaman Islands. Lincom Europa. p. 117. ISBN 978-3895868665. Anvita Abbi (1 January 2001). A Manual of Linguistic Fieldwork and Structures of Indian Languages. Lincom Europa. ISBN 978-3895864018. Anvita Abbi; R.S. Gupta; Ayesha Kidwai; R. S. Gupta; Ayesha Kidwai (1 January 2001). Language Structure and Language Dynamics in South Asia. p. 432. ISBN 978-8120817654. Anvita Abbi (1 July 1997). Languages of Tribal and Indigenous Peoples of India. The Ethnic Space. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 508. ISBN 978-8120813748. R.S. Gupta; Anvita Abbi; Kailash S. Aggarwal (1995). Language and The State. Perspectives on the Eighth Schedule. Creative Books. p. 225. ISBN 8186318208. Retrieved 28 October 2014. Anvita Abbi (1994). Semantic Universals in Indian Languages. Indian Institute of Advanced Study. p. 113. ISBN 9788185952178. Retrieved 28 October 2014. Anvita Abbi (1991). India as a Linguistic Area Revisited. Pergamon Press. OCLC 470322193. Anvita Abbi (1991). Reduplication in South Asian Languages. An Areal, Topological and Historical Study. New Delhi: Allied. Anvita Abbi (1986). Studies in Bilingualism. Bahri Publications. ASIN B002A9P3A6. Anvita Abbi (1986). Semantic Theories and Language Teaching. Allied. ISBN 9788170230809. Retrieved 28 October 2014. Anvita Abbi (1980). Semantic Grammar of Hindi. A Study of Reduplication. Bahri Publications. ISBN 978-8170340201. Anvita Abbi (30 October 2011). A Dictionary of the Great Andamanese Language: English-Great Andamanese-Hindi. Ratna Sagar. p. 480. ISBN 978-9350361252. Mutthhi Bhar Pahcaan (A Handful of Recognition). A collection of short stories 1969. Radhakrishan Prakashan, Delhi.External links "Padma Awards List". Indian Panorama. 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014. "Padma Shri awarded Anvita Abbi's live interview on National Channel DD1". YouTube video. Doordarshan. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2014.

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