Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Wiley-Blackwell Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

The Vulgar Tongue: Green's History of Slang

By Jonathon Green

A comprehensive history of slang in the English speaking world by its leading lexicographer.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

The Universal Structure of Categories: Towards a Formal Typology

By Martina Wiltschko

This book presents a new theory of grammatical categories - the Universal Spine Hypothesis - and reinforces generative notions of Universal Grammar while accommodating insights from linguistic typology.


New from Brill!

ad

Brill's MyBook Program

Do you have access to Dynamics of Morphological Productivity through your library? Then you can by the paperback for only €25 or $25! Find out more about Brill's MyBook program!


Academic Paper


Title: The Future of Köho: A Mon-Khmer language of Viêt Nam
Author: Neil H Olsen
Email: click here to access email
Institution: University of Utah
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics; Writing Systems
Subject Language: Koho
Subject Language Family: Austro-Asiatic
Abstract: Kơho, a Mon-Khmer (Austroasiatic) language, is spoken by approximately 100,000 people located in Lam Dong province in the highland region of Viet Nam. There are also several thousand other speakers who now live in France and the USA. In 1986, and again in 1992, Kơho refugees were resettled in North and South Carolina. Like so many emigrant groups preceding them, the children are not learning the language and cultural traditions are not being preserved. Maintenance of the Kơho language has become an important issue to the relocated community/L//L/Since the 1930s, missionaries, government agencies, and educators using several different alphabets have produced scripture, primers, grammars, and dictionaries. After 1975, use of minority languages was discouraged and a Vietnamization campaign emphasized integration of minority peoples into the majority national society. Despite the fact that Kơho has 100,000 speakers, it has the potential to become an endangered language. A challenge to overseas Kơho will be maintaining their “critical mass” of speakers./L//L/This presentation will review the history of the development of orthographies, explore the religious, political, and pedagogical ramifications of orthography choice in the preparation of literacy materials, and review resources for language and cultural maintenance.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Univ. of N. Carolina, Charlotte.
Publication Info: N. Ostler & B. Rudes, eds. Endangered Languages and Literacy, pp. 43-46. Proc. of the 4th Foundation for Endangered Languages Conference.


Back
Add a new paper
Return to Academic Papers main page
Return to Directory of Linguists main page