SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Readings in Contemporary Hindi (PG)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2021/2022
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  1. knowledge and understanding of Hindi grammar at an intermediate level
  2. knowledge and understanding of Hindi vocabulary at an intermediate level
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Hindi structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand medium-length passages in written Hindi taken from literary and journalistic sources
  5. the ability to produce medium-length passages in written Hindi


Total of 20 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week in language classes.

Scope and syllabus

The module provides practice in reading comprehension by looking closely at selected Hindi texts and textual extracts, many of them drawn from modern Hindi fiction and travelogue. The texts are read and discussed in class, and are re-visited in regular homework tasks in which students make active use of material learnt from the texts. The concentration here is on language and the progressive building-up of vocabulary, rather than on the literary qualities of the texts. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Hindi language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Hindi.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (40%); a 2000 word portfolio of marked homework, translation or essay agreed with the convenor (30%); an essay of 1000 words in Hindi (15%); a translation essay of 1000 words (15%).

Suggested reading

1) The module will be based on

  • Sharma and Bhatia. 2013. The Routledge Intermediate Hindi Reader. London, Routledge 

2) Additional Hindi References

Hindi Learning Resources

  • Snell, Rupert. 2011. Complete Hindi. London, Hodder Education
  • McGregor, R.S. 1993. The Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary. Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • McGregor, R.S., 1999. Outline of Hindi Grammar. Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Jain, Usha R. 1995. Introduction to Hindi Grammar. Berkeley, Center for South Asia Studies, University of California
  • Jain, Usha R. 2007. Advanced Hindi grammar. Berkeley, Center for South Asia Studies, University of California
  • Montaut, Annie. 2004. A Grammar of Hindi. München, Lincom  Europa
  • Sandahl, Stella. 2001. A Reference Grammar of Hindi. Leuven, Peeters.
  • Shackle and Snell. 1990. Hindi and Urdu since 1800. London, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

 Linguistic Studies

  • Masica, Colin P. 1991. The Indo-Aryan Languages. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • Kachru, Yamnua. 1980. Aspects of Hindi Grammar. New Delhi: Manohar.
  • Oberlies, Thomas.  2005. A historical grammar of Hindi. Graz: Leykam.
  • Beg, M.K.A. Socio-Linguistic Perspectives on Hindi and Urdu in India. New Delhi : Bahri Publications, 1996
  • Pandit, Ira. 1986. Hindi English code switching : mixed Hindi English. Delhi: Datta Book Centre, 1986
  • Shackle, C (ed.). 1985. South Asian Languages: A Handbook. London, SOAS
  • Abbi, Anvita. 2001. A manual of linguistic field work and structures of Indian languages. Munich: Lincom Europa.

 3) Additional resources relating to language-based scholarship

  • Austin, Peter, ed., 2008, 1000 Languages: The world-wide history of living and lost tongues, London: Thames and Hudson.
  • Baker, Mona, 1992, In Other Words: A coursebook on translation, London: Routledge.
  • Duranti, Alessandro, 1997, Linguistic Anthropology, Cambridge: CUP.
  • Geertz, Clifford, 1973/2000, The Interpretation of Cultures: selected essays, New York: Basic Books.
  • Pinker, Steven, 1994, The Language Instinct: the new science of language and mind, London: Allan Lane


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