A. (Abhishek) Avtans

  • Docent
  • Hindi

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3192
E-Mail: a.avtans@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS India en Tibet
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.01a

Fields of interest

Hindi as a foreign language, Web based language pedagogy, Computer aided lexicography, Language documentation, Spatial semantics & Anthropological linguistics.


- MPhil (Linguistics), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2007). MPhil Dissertation titled ‘Deictic Categories in Great Andamanese’
- MA (Linguistics), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2004)
- BA (Japanese Language and Culture), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2001)
- Certificate of Proficiency in Italian Language, Instituto di Italiano di Cultura, New Delhi (2005)

- Hindi Instructor, Leiden University (Since August 2012)
- Assistant Professor in Hindi Applied Linguistics,Central Institute of Hindi, Agra, India (2006-2012)
- Research Assistant in Vanishing Voices of Great Andamanese (A language documentation project of JNU, New Delhi and SOAS, University of London)(2005-2006)

Key publications

Books Authored/Edited/Compiled

Uttar Samay ki Bhashiki (in Hindi, English Title – Post Modernist Linguistics), Jagruti Prakashan, Patna, 2011

Online Brajbhasha-Hindi Dictionary, Central Institute of Hindi, Agra, 2011

Bhojpuri-Hindi-English Dictionary (Trilingual Hindi Variety Dictionary), Central Institute of Hindi, Agra, 2009 (in print and online)

Andamani Varnmala (First Alphabet Primer for children in Great Andamanese language), co-edited with Prof Anvita Abbi and Nao Junior, VOGA, JNU, 2007

Jharkhand Ki Bhashayen: Vikas aur Anuprayog (in Hindi), Vishal Prakashan, Patna, 2007

Chapter titled Hindi Bhasha ka Itihas (in Hindi), in ‘Hindi ka Itihas’ (Special volume for Vishwa Hindi Sammelan (World Hindi Conference, New York, 2007), Central Institute of Hindi, Agra 2007

Karyalayi Hindi (in Hindi), Coauthored with Prof Balendu Shekhar Tiwary, Classical Publishing Company, Delhi, 2006

Jharkhand ka Bhasha Parivar (in Hindi), Coauthored with Prof Balendu Shekhar Tiwary, Classical Publishing company, Delhi, 2006

Hindi Shabda Shakti aur Paribhashik Shabdavali (in Hindi), Coauthored with Prof Balendu Shekhar Tiwary, Classical Publishing company, Delhi, 2005

Articles Authored

Rajbhaasha Hind aur kampyuter sthaniyakaran: aaj aur kal
(English title ‘Hindi as an Official language and Computer Localization: Today and Tomorrow’), in Shikshyan (Hindi magazine of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi), May 2012

Shodhkarta ke Abhilakshan, Shabda Sarokar (Hindi), a monthly literary magazine,  Patiala (Punjab), September 2011

Developing Lexical Resources for Varieties of Hindi, Co-authored with Arvind Kumar, in ‘Lexicography: The Changing Landscape’, Ed. Salonee Priya, The ICFAI University Press, Hyderabad, 2009

Bhashai Vividhata aur Gyanposhit Samaj (in Hindi), in ‘Shikshak evam Gyanvaan Samaj’, Eds. Singh, R.P. and Chandola, Lata, Shipra Publications, Delhi, 2008

Hindi Kosh Nirman ka Vikas Aur Chintayen (in Hindi),  in Vishwabharat @tdil , Vol- April 2007-January 2008

Humane Face of Language Documentation: a Great Andamanese Experience in Austin, Peter K. and Bond, Oliver and Nathan, David, eds. Proceedings of Conference on Language Documentation & Linguistic Theory. London, UK: Department of Linguistics, SOAS, 2007

Language Documentation in Andamans: ‘Highs and Lows, coauthored with Prof. Anvita Abbi, in proceedings of FEL-X, Endangered Language Foundation, UK and CIIL, Mysore, 2006


Susan Gale’s article ‘Language and Gender: An Anthropological Review’, to Hindi in Gaveshana , Vol no 86-87, 2007

Susan Romain’s article ‘Preservation of Endangered Languages’, to Hindi in Gaveshana (Research Journal of Central Institute of Hindi, Agra), Vol no 88, 2007

Ronald Carter’s article ‘Literature and language teaching: a review 1986-2006 ’ to Hindi  in Gaveshana, Vol no 89, 2008

Jagganatha G.’s article ‘Linguistic Localization: A study in context of Indian Languages’, to Hindi in Gaveshana, Vol no 88, 2007

Uday Narayan Singh’s article ‘Lamentations and Celebrations: Translation as Migration’ to Hindi in Gaveshana Vol 90, 2008

Anthony C. Woodbury article ‘Defining Documentary Linguistics’ to Hindi in Gaveshana Vol 91, 2008

Tomas Transtromer’s poem ‘The Blue House’ into Hindi as ‘Nila Ghar’, Published in Drishtipat Patrika, April-June, 2012

Translated short stories by Italo Calvino: ‘Solidarity’, ‘Making Do’ & ‘The Black Sheep’ to Hindi, published on personal weblog and various Hindi magazines, 2012


Various courses in Hindi as a Foreign/Other language, Hindi linguistics, Research Methodology and Hindi Literature including:

- Hindi language for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced levels
- Introduction to Hindi Syntax
- Introduction to Hindi Phonetics and Morphology
- Modern Hindi Literature
- History of Hindi Language and Literature
- Research Methodology in Hindi Language and literature

Grants and awards

- ‘Young Writer prize’ for Hindi language and literature’ (Vidyapati Samman) by Patna Book Fair Organizing Committee in association with Government of Bihar, India, 2012
- Special commendation certificate for exemplary work for Hindi Dialect dictionary making by Joint Secretary (Language Division), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi, 2011
- Junior Research Fellowship, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, 2004-2005

Administration and service to the profession

- Project In-charge, Hindi Varieties Dictionary Project, Central Institute of Hindi, Agra, 2007-2012
- Consultant, Implementation of ISO 9001:2008, Quality Management System, Central Institute of Hindi, Agra 2011-12

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