Sonia Das

Sonia Neela Das

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. 2008, M.A. 2003, Michigan; B.S. and B.A. 1999, Stanford

Office Address: Rufus D. Smith Hall 25 Waverly Place New York, NY 10003


Phone: 212-992-7476

Fax: 212-995-4014

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Research/Interest

Linguistic anthropology, semiotics, language contact, heritage language, infrastructure, migration/mobility, diasporic Tamils, francophone Québec, colonial French India, Indian seafarers

Selected Publications

2015. A Sociolinguistic Division of Labor: Teaching Tamil as a Heritage Language in Montréal, Québec. Anthropologie et Sociétés. 39(2).

2012. La francophonie and beyond: Comparative methods in studies of linguistic minorities. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 22(3): In press.

2011. Rewriting the Past and Reimagining the Future: The Social Life of a Tamil Heritage Language Industry. American Ethnologist 38(4): 774-789.

2009. Review of Little India: Diaspora, Time, and Ethnolinguistic Belonging in Hindu Mauritius.
 Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 19(2): 328-330.

2008. Between Convergence and Divergence: Reformatting Language Purism in the Montreal Tamil Diasporas. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 18(1): 1-23.

2008. The Talk of Tamils in Multilingual Montreal: A Study of Intersecting Language Ideologies in Nationalist Quebec. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 8(2): 230-247.   

Current News/Projects
Updated July 2015

I'm wrapping up my book manuscript, Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts, which is under contract with Oxford University Press's Anthropology of Language Series. In summer 2015 I was a Visiting Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at the Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. I will be on sabbatical in Fall 2015 when I hope to finish writing an article on 19th century Tamil printing and typography in French India and continue my ethnographic research on Indian seafarers.

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