Abhishek Avtans

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

The holy grail of language preservation

Bible translations in Southasia.

Jul 06, 2022

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

Unpacking the floods in Pakistan

On root causes, challenges and gaps in state capacity.

Fighting for their lives

The story of India's HIV patients and the antiretroviral drug supply crisis.

Talking to Tehreek-i-Taliban

Pakistan’s negotiations with the banned group may lead to more violence and instability.

Integral yet dispensable

On the impact of targeted killings of migrant workers in Kashmir.