This project invites students with a working familiarity of either the Arabic or Devanagari scripts to help collect records of Hindi-Urdu (H-U) inscriptions through collating references and requesting articles and other notices describing them.
Hindi-Urdu (H-U) was just one among the many vernacular languages that emerged in South Asia during the medieval period in a linguistic system dominated by Sanskrit and Persian. Beyond the courts, H-U functioned as a language of skilled trades, education, and commerce. Some catalogues document inscriptions in H-U preserved across the Indian subcontinent. This project seeks to collect records of as many H-U inscriptions as possible by collating references in these catalogues of Indian epigraphy and requesting through Delivery+ (UB's interlibrary loan system) articles and other notices describing them. This epigraphic approach will permit a more rigorous analysis of H-U’s varied linguistic forms and range of communicative functions than prior scholarly efforts that have relied solely upon literary texts preserved in ink on paper.
Students interested in assisting with this project do not need prior experience using Hindi or Urdu, but do need to possess working familiarity with either the Arabic or Devanagari scripts. Prof. Hakala enthusiastically supports students who seek to present their research at conferences, travel to South Asia, and/or author or co-author journal articles on this or related topics. Interested students may schedule a meeting to discuss this or other projects with Prof. Hakala by visiting http://hakala.youcanbook.me.
The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration.
|Length of commitment||Variable|
|Start time||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|In-person, remote, or hybrid?||Hybrid|
|Level of collaboration||Variable|
|Benefits||Academic Credit, Volunteer, Work Study, Salary/Stipend|
|Who is eligible||Students must have completed the equivalent of at least 2 semesters of a South Asian language and/or enrolled in a course with Professor Hakala|
The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.
Asian Studies and English