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Ongoing Projects

  • Major Documentation Project on Vanishing Voices of the Great Andamanese, Funded by Hans Rausing Endangered Language Documentation ProgrammeSchool of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Chief Investigator: Prof. Anvita Abbi. Log on to for details
  • Role of auditory pathway in access and retrieval of syllable in human language’ funded by Department of Science and Technology under DST WOS (2006-on going) Ms. Amrita Basu (Woman Scientist and PI, Centre for Linguistics) and Prof. PKS Pandey (Mentor).

  • ‘Investigating  common mechanisms for language perception and production in normal Hindi- English bilinguals' sponsored by DST as part of All India initiative on Language and Cognition, titled- 'Brain Organization in Normative Multilingualism' 2009-12.

  • “Development of UNICODE for major Indian Languages”, a project of the Braille Council of India, National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, Dehradun.

  • Neurocognitive changes associated with perception, spatial orientation, speech and language process in visually challenged subjects, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)’ Sponsored by DST, 2010- 2013. (as co-investigator). Jointly with Dr S. Senthil Kumaran, Dr Rohit Saxena, Prof Vaishna Narang, Prof N.R.Jagannathan, AIIMS, New Delhi.

  • Neuromapping of functional deficits associated with Parkinsonian disorders Dr. Madhuri Behari , Dr. S. Senthil Kumaran, Dr. Vinay Goyal and Prof. Vaishna Narang. Sponsored by DST.

Completed Projects

  • Reduplicative Structures in Indian Languages: A Phenomenon of Linguistics Area (1983-85) University Grants Commission. Principal Investigator: Prof. Anvita Abbi.
  • Explicator Compound Verbs in South Asian Languages (1988-91) University Grants Commission Principal Investigator: Prof. Anvita Abbi.
  • English Language Teaching (Development of Courses) 1989-1991 Kota Open University. Prof. Anvita Abbi.
  • ICMR sponsored project worked on Finding the Acoustic Correlates of the Articulatory Features in some Types of Deviant Articulations. In collaboration with the department of Otolaryngology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi Prof. P. Ghosh, Professor of Otolaryngology, ENT/AIIMS were Ms. R. Pandit, Senior Speech therapist and linguist in the Rehabilitative Unit of Audiology and Speech therapy (RUAS), were the co-investigators. Project Completed. (1989-1992). Chief Investigator: Prof. Vaishna Narang.
  • Konkani Survey 1991-1992 Konkani Academy, Goa Konkani Academy. Advisor. Prof. Anvita Abbi.
  • JNU sponsored project on Speech Database studies of the languages of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (1995-96). Chief Investigator: Prof. Vaishna Narang.
  • Computerized Data Bank of Indigenous Languages of India 1995-1999 Jawaharlal Nehru University. Director: Prof. Anvita Abbi.
  • Linguistics and Hindi Language (writing text for MA Linguistics course) 1997 Indira Gandhi National Open University. Advisor: Prof. Anvita Abbi.
  • A Sociolinguistics Enquiry into the Acceptance level of Hindi as a Pan-Indian Language. 1997-99 ICSSR Research Associate Director. Prof. Anvita Abbi.
  • Linguistic and Cognitive Theory of Narrative of the research monograph prepared: Literature and Infinity. (1998-1999) I.I.A.S., Shimla. Dr. Franson Manjali.
  • Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Sponsored project on Documentation and Preservation of dBase on Andamanese Language (1998-2000). Chief Investigator: Prof. Vaishna Narang. Website on The Great Andamanese can be accessed at:
  • Fieldwork on Hindi child language acquisition, in collaboration with Dr. Bhuvana Narasimhan, Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen. (1999-2000). Dr. Ayesha Kidwai.
  • Urdu in Contact with Other Indian Languages in Independent India. A Linguistics and Socio-Cultural Study 1999 to 2001 National Council of Promotion of Urdu Language, Ministry of HRD. Chief Investigator: Prof. Anvita Abbi. Co-Investigator: Dr. Ayesha Kidwai and Imtiaz Hasnain (AMU).
  • Hindi Sangrah: Linguistic Database and Mapping of Varieties of Hindi. 2002-2004 MGI Hindi University, Delhi branch. Director: Prof. Anvita Abbi. Co director Dr. Girish Jha (Sanskrit Studies)
  • Ethics, Aesthetics and Linguistics. Research project supported by Maison des Science de l’ Homme, Paris. (2002). Dr. Franson Manjali.
  • A Short term project by Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany. A pilot Survey of Tribal Languages and Contact Languages of Andaman Islands (2002). Chief Investigator: Prof. Anvita Abbi.
  • UGC-JNU sponsored project on Mapping Language, Mind and Brain – Studies in Biolinguistics sponsored under the University with Potential for Excellence Scheme of the UGC, since 2002-07. Chief Investigator: Prof. Vaishna Narang.
  • The Design of Language Faculty: Adjunction in Natural language. Sponsored by Jawaharlal Nehru University, under University with Potential For Excellence Scheme. (2002-2007)/ Project Director: Dr. Ayesha Kidwai.
  • Speech Corpora and Speech to Text Synthesis of Standard Hindi and Indian English July 2003-Dec.-2003 HP Labs, Principal Investigator: Prof. Anvita Abbi. University of London.
  • Human Voices Ltd., Israel sponsored project on Phonemes of Hindi as Spoken in Delhi and Parts of Hindi Belt: Sample Speech Database for Speech Recognition purposes (2004-05). Chief Investigator: Prof. Vaishna Narang.
  • Human Voices Ltd., Israel sponsored project on Phonemes of Indian English as Spoken in Delhi and Parts of Hindi Belt: Sample Speech Database for Speech Recognition purposes (2004-05). Chief Investigator: Prof. Vaishna Narang.
  • Departmental projects on Teaching of English as a second/foreign language for Koreans, from Sunchong National University (2001-03), from Namseoul University, Monsoon 2008 & Winter 2008.

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.