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Title: Endangered Language: A Case Study of Sansiboli
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Author: Lakhan Gusain
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Institution: Syracuse University
Linguistic Field: Typology
Subject Language: Sansi
Abstract: Sansiboli is a highly endangered dialect of Rajasthani language of Indo-Aryan family. It is spoken by about sixty thousand speakers mainly in Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, and Delhi states of India. As a language, Sansiboli is not confined to any particular geographical boundary. It has benefitted from various sources, absorbed regional colors, and imbibed influence from neighboring languages and dialects. Thus, it has numerous phonological and morphological borrowings from Punjabi, Hindi, and Gujarati./L/Sansiboli is not effectively being passed on to the next generation and is on the verge of extinction. Very few people below the age of forty are fully competent in the language, and probably none of them will become active speakers. Many of the Sansis are likely to mix Hindi, Punjabi, or Gujarati elements in their speech depending on their geographical location.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Language in India, Volume 2002, 2(9) (published online).
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