Dr. Rizwan Ahmad
Department of English Literature & Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences
Ph. D. in linguistics 2007
M.A. in linguistics 2005
M. Phil. in linguistics 1997
M.A. in linguistics 1995
B.A. (Hons.) in Arabic and linguistics 1993
Research & Publications
As a specialist in sociolinguistics, I am interested in a range of theoretical issues related to the sociopolitical aspects of language, e.g. multilingualism, language policy, language movements, discourse analysis, language and education, and orthography. My primary research interests, however, revolve around the linguistic construction of ethnic, religious, and national identities. In my recent papers, I examine the social and cultural dimensions of script.
Theoretical interests: sociolinguistics, language and ethnic, religious, and national identities, language ideology, multilingualism, language policy, language movements, sociolinguistics of
Field specialization: South Asia with focus on North India with special reference to Urdu and Hindi. I am also interested in the sociolinguistics of the Arab World.
In Press. The polyphony of Urdu in postcolonial North India. The Journal of Modern Asian Studies.
2012. Hindi is perfect, Urdu is messy: the discourse of delegitimation of Urdu in India. In Mark Sebba & Jannis Androutsopoulos. Orthography as Social Action: Scripts, Spelling, Identity and Power. pp 103-133. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
2008. Review of Joseph, John E. 2004. Language and identity: National, ethnic, religious. New York, Palgrave Macmillan. In E-Language.
2010. Persian or Arabian Gulf?: Symbolic meanings of names. Al-Watan Daily/International Herald Tribune. Kuwait. March 12, 2010.
2008. Trading words: Understanding contact between nations. The Kuwait Times. June 24.
2006. Old Delhi: A linguistic tapestry. The Milli Gazette. June 1-15, Delhi.
1997. Ghalib’s Delhi. The Pioneer. 14 March, 1997 Delhi.
1996. Politics of Poetics. The Hindustan Times. 25 August, New Delhi.
1996. Linguistic Authoritarianism. The Indian Express. 10 February, Delhi.