CIIL completes fruitful 42 years in city

A file photo of the building of Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) on Hunsur road in Mysore.

To mark the event, the institute has organised a three-day national level meet (July 17 to19) on ‘Foundations of language studies in India’. Several government bodies and institutions dealing with Indian languages are expected to take part, besides departments of Linguistics from various universities across the country.

The objective of the institute is to assist in and coordinate the development of Indian languages, to bring about unity of languages through scientific study and inter-linguistic research and to promote mutual enrichment of languages and thus contribute towards emotional integration of the people.

It coordinates with state languages institutes; tribal research institutes and bureaus; university departments of languages and linguistics; Central Institute of English, Hyderabad; Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Agra; Anthropological Survey of India; language division of the registrar-general’s office and other academic bodies or organisations.

The three-day meet would take stock of the work being done and to plan for emerging situations, through fresh initiatives in the 12th Plan.

The institute has different centres dealing with linguistic description, documentation, material production, language teaching and testing. In addition, it pursues interdisciplinary research in speech sciences, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

In recent years language technology and translation have gained importance and the institute is the nodal agency for Linguistic Data Consortium for Indian Languages involving creation of annotated corpus which will assist technological growth. It also houses the National Translation Mission, which is a key scheme of the National Knowledge Commission that seeks to translate knowledge texts from English to other languages.

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