Abhishek Avtans

Abhishek Avtans teaches Indic languages and linguistics at Leiden University (the Netherlands). He tweets at @avtansa.

Sign languages matter

National and endangered sign languages of Southasia.

Nov 08, 2021

Shaking the melting pot

The role of contact languages in multilingual milieux.

Aug 24, 2021

It takes a village to save a language

Pidgins, creoles and mixed languages of Southasia.

Jul 13, 2021

Under the sun

Summer words and phrases in Southasian languages.

May 18, 2021

Translating a pandemic

The impact of COVID-19 terminology on Southasian languages.

Apr 07, 2021

Latest Articles

Swear not by the moon

The contentious politics of lunar sighting in Pakistan.

The storyteller of Kovilpatti

On Ki Rajanarayanan, the father of Karisal literature.

Against forgetting. Against erasure.

On meaning, storytelling, and memory-making in Kashmir.