Linguistic Diversity in South and Southeast Asia is a collection of essays written by scholars from Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and India. It is a compendium on the depleting linguistic diversity, loss of oral cultures, erosion of indigenous knowledge systems, and the widening gap between dominant and dominated languages which has created a linguistic apartheid in this part of the world. The scholars here are concerned that globalization is not only destroying biological and cultural diversity, but also leading to language shifts through linguistic imperialism and linguistic marginalization. However, despite globalization, some communities have managed to retain their languages, which must now be sustained and treasured. This volume documents the first-hand experience of those working with the linguistic communities of South and Southeast Asia.