Dr Arvind Iyengar

Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Arvind Iyengar

Phone: +61 2 6773 4241

Email: arvind.iyengar@une.edu.au

Biography

Arvind’s research interests lie in the domains of writing systems and literacy, sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology, and language and dialect description.

His recent work has involved research on the Sindhi language (Indo-Aryan) from grapholinguistic (script and orthography), phonological and sociolinguistic perspectives. He has also been part of field research on the Bhil and Pawra languages (Indo-Aryan) of Central India. He is currently working on documenting and describing the Hebbar Iyengar variety of Tamil (Dravidian), not to mention creating pedagogical material in the language for use by the community.

Qualifications

BE (Mech.) (Pune), MAppLing (Hons.) (New England), PhD (New England)

Teaching Areas

LING353/LING553 The English Language

LING365/LING565 Phonetics and Phonology

LING369/LING569 Morphology and Syntax

LING450/LING550 The Design of Language

LING451/LING551 Issues in Applied Linguistics

LING150/LING350 Communicating in Culturally Diverse Contexts

Research Supervision Experience

Arvind is available for Higher Degree Research supervision in the areas listed below.

Supervision Areas

  • Descriptive (graphemic and graphetic) and sociolinguistic (historical and contemporary) analyses of orthographies, scripts and writing systems, including auxiliary scripts
  • Documentation and description of Indo-Aryan and Dravidian languages and dialects
  • Literacy practices and acquisition in multilingual settings
  • Diglossia/Digraphia and domain complementarity in language and script use
  • Second phonology acquisition

Publications

Journals

Iyengar, A. V. (2017). Sindhī multiscriptality, past and present: A sociolinguistic investigation into community acceptance. Journal & Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 150(2), 256-257.

Iyengar, A. V. (2017). Variation in Perso-Arabic and Devanagari Sindhi orthographies. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Iyengar, A. V. (2017). A phonological overview of Hebbar Tamil. Manuscript in preparation.

Iyengar, A. V. (2017). Pronoun and verb morphology in Hebbar Tamil. Manuscript in preparation.

Iyengar, A. V. (2017). Romanisation of Indian languages: A diachronic analysis of its failure. Manuscript in preparation.

Iyengar, A. V. (2013).Other tongue: Heritage language shift among young Sindhis in Pune. Asian Journal of English Studies, 2(3), 48-69.

Conference Presentations and Seminars

Iyengar, A. V. (2016, December). Biscriptality: A typology of written forms of language. Paper presented at the Australian Linguistic Society conference 2016, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Iyengar, A. V. (2016, October). Becoming biphonological: The acquisition of a second ‘accent’. Paper presented at the Multilingual Repertoires and Multilingual Discourse conference, Western Sydney University, Australia.

Iyengar, A. V. (2016, June). Pronouns and grammatical markers in Hebbar Tamil. Paper presented at the International Conference on Dravidian Linguistics 2016, University of Hyderabad, India. ⇱

Iyengar, A. V. (2016, January). Romanisation of Indian languages: A diachronic analysis of its failure. Paper presented at the UNE Postgraduate Conference 2016, University of New England, Armidale, Australia.

Iyengar, A. V. (2015, May). Romanisation of Indian languages: A diachronic analysis of its failure. Paper presented at the 31st South Asian Language Analysis Roundtable, Lancaster University, United Kingdom.

Iyengar, A. V. (2014, June). Sindhi in the Roman Script: An Investigation into Community Acceptance. Seminar presented at the UNE Linguistics Seminar Series 2014, University of New England, Armidale, Australia.⇱

Iyengar, A. V. (2013, November). A phonological overview of the Hebbar Iyengar language. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Linguistic Society of India 2013, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India. ⇱

Iyengar, A. V. (2013, August). Heritage language shift among young Sindhis in Pune. Seminar presented at the Linguistics Discussion Group, Deccan College, Pune, India.

Iyengar, A. V. (2012, December). Towards an analysis of self-perceptions of heritage language shift in young Sindhis in Pune. Paper presented at the International Conference on Language, Literature and Culture 2012, Pune, India.

Book Reviews

Iyengar, A. V. (2017). Towards openly multilingual policies and practices: Assessing minority language maintenance across Europe (Linguistic Diversity and Language Rights). Current Issues in Language Planning, 18(3), 327-333. doi:10.1080/14664208.2016.1264744 ⇱

Theses

Iyengar, A. V. (2017). Sindhī multiscriptality, past and present: A sociolinguistic investigation into community acceptance [Doctoral thesis]. Armidale, Australia: University of New England. ⇱

Iyengar, A. V. (2013). Self-perceptions of heritage language shift among young Sindhis in Pune [Master’s thesis]. Armidale, Australia: University of New England. ⇱

Newspaper Articles

Iyengar, A. V. (2014, November 12). Origin of the world’s oldest scripts. Armidale Express Extra.

Memberships

Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language⇱· Affiliate Member | 2018–present

Linguistic Society of America | 2017–present

Australian Linguistic Society | 2016–present

Linguistic Society of India · Life member | 2012–present

Further Information

Scholarships, Grants and Awards

Pro-Vice Chancellor Research Thesis Completion Scholarship
AUD 8,010 | University of New England | Mar 2017

PhD Student Domestic Conference Travel Grant
AUD 1,170 | Dec 2016 | University of New England

Higher Degree Research Student Special Funding
AUD 765 | Oct 2016 | University of New England

PhD Student International Conference Travel Grant
AUD 1,395 | Jun 2016 | University of New England

Three-Minute Thesis competition
2nd runner up at university level | Aug 2015 | University of New England

PhD Student International Conference Travel Grant
AUD 2,000 | May 2015 | University of New England

Higher Degree Research Student Special Funding
AUD 10,323 | Aug 2014 | University of New England

International Tuition Fee and Stipend Scholarship (PhD research award)
AUD 143,986 | Feb 2014-Mar 2017 | University of New England

Prämienstipendium German-language merit scholarship
EUR 1000 plus tuition fees & travel          | Sep 2007 | Goethe-Institut, Berlin, Germany