Does a Language Matter?

Review of Arts and Humanities, Vol. 3, No. 2, June 2014

6 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2014

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Aditya Panda

Central Institute of Indian Languages

Date Written: June 30, 2014


The World is moving towards multilingualism at home and outside the home. Every child when he/she goes to school in 21st century in India and in many countries speaks more than one language. Globalization and migration are forcing us to use more than one language. They are the agents of making multilingualism a reality. In this context, this paper asks a fundamental question “Does a language matter?” and analyzes the real language situation to conclude that a language matters with languages, a language does not matter when it excludes other languages.

Keywords: Language, Multilingualism, Indian Languages, Language Regulators

Suggested Citation

Panda, Aditya, Does a Language Matter? (June 30, 2014). Review of Arts and Humanities, Vol. 3, No. 2, June 2014. Available at SSRN:

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