Vitality of Hindi in the United States: Patterns of Use and Development, Challenges, and Possible Next Steps

1:30 - 3:00pm
Presented at: International Hindi Conference, America

Hindi is a vital language for many in the United States. How do education professionals and language advocates seeking to sustain and promote use of Hindi and develop proficiency in it work together effectively to accomplish these goals? This presentation describes a language vitality framework to understand factors influencing the vitality of specific languages within and across contexts and countries, based on three basic principles of Capacity Development, Opportunity Creation, and Desire Enhancement. Suggestions for steps that might be taken to sustain and promote use of Hindi in the United States based on understanding of the framework will be presented.