Abhishek Avtans

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

Seeing with fingertips

Braille in Southasia.

Mar 04, 2022

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

A field day

Future elections in Nepal may see more independents, and unpredictable alliances.

Productively ‘perverse’

Punjabi films of the 1970s-80s as a tool for resistance during Zia-ul-Haq’s dictatorship.

What makes a journalist?

In Sri Lanka, there are many factors shaping mainstream media coverage of citizen-led protests.