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IIAS: Language & Ethnicity in Myanmar


This week’s bookshelf spotlight takes a special look at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) recent newsletter Focus which seeks to move forward a long-stalled reconsideration to argue that the relationship between language, ethnicity, and identity in Burma is not necessarily set in stone. Rather, language may be one element informing an ongoing process that various groups engage in to define themselves in relation to others.

The Focus: Contextualizing language and ethnicity in the study of Burma

Burma and Burma StudiesBurma is open for business. Recent changes in government have meant positive developments for those doing research in and about the country. While some foreign researchers already found ways to do research inside in the 1990s, it was not until the early 2000s that greater numbers started to arrive.

Tai identity in Myanmar and beyond

Linguistic convergence within the ‘Kachin’ languages

Orthography and vernacular media: the case of Jinghpaw-Kachin

Palaung orthographies: writing and the politics of ethnicity in Shan State

Palaung language and identity

A tale of two dictionaries: discovering, decoding and deliberating diversity

Hierarchy and contact: re-evaluating the Burmese dialects

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