LINGUIST List 32.1101
Sat Mar 27 2021
Books: A Sociolinguistic Survey of the Languages of Nepal: a Synopsis. Vol. II: Regmi
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Title: A Sociolinguistic Survey of the Languages of Nepal: a Synopsis.
Subtitle: Indo-Aryan, Dravidian and Austro-Asiatic Languages (Including a
sociolinguistic typology of the Indo-Aryan, Dravidian and Austro-Asiatic
languages spoken in Nepal)
Series Title: Languages of the World 62
Publisher: Lincom GmbH http://www.lincom-shop.eu
Book URL: lincom-shop.eu/LW-62-A-Sociolinguistic-Survey-of-the-Languages-of-Nepal-a-Synopsis/en
Author: Dan Raj Regmi
Hardback: ISBN: 9783969390368 Pages: 231 Price: Europe EURO 130.00
This volume II provides a synopsis of the major findings on the patterns of language use, multilingualism, mother tongue proficiency, language vitality, language maintenance, language attitudes, language resources, language development, and dialectal variations in the Indo-Aryan, Dravidian and Austro-Asiatic languages surveyed by the Linguistic Survey of Nepal from 6th March 2009 to 9th January 2018. The synopsis, organized into different zones/sections, has highlighted a number of common as well as zone or section-specific sociolinguistic features. Most of the Indo-Aryan, Dravidian and Austro-Asiatic speakers are reported as being proficiently bilingual in Nepali, the official language of Nepal. Around two-third such languages have exhibited certain geographical variations that call for intelligibility testing by means of RTT (Recorded Text Test). More than one-third Indo-Aryan languages have maintained certain levels of sustainable literacy. One-third languages belonging to the Eastern, Central and Northern Indo-Aryan sections are vigorous. They are predominantly used in most of the general domains.
Around one-third languages, belonging to the East Central Indo-Aryan section and Austro-Asiatic and Dravidian language family, however, are facing a decline in vitality. They are gradually being replaced, either by Nepali or by mixed languages in most general domains. Thus, the speakers of such languages need to be involved in community-based language activities appropriate to their current vitality levels for achieving a desired sustainable language use to transmit life crucial knowledge to youth in Nepal.
Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Language Family(ies): Austro-Asiatic
Written In: English (eng)
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