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A Linguistic Assessment of the Munji Language in Afghanistan

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dc.contributor.authorBeyer, Danielaen_US
dc.contributor.authorBeck, Simoneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-03T03:03:05Z-
dc.date.available2012-03-03T03:03:05Z-
dc.date.issued2012-03en_US
dc.identifier.citationBeyer, Daniela and Simone Beck. 2012. "A Linguistic Assessment of the Munji Language in Afghanistan." Language Documentation & Conservation. 6:38-103en_US
dc.identifier.issn1934-5275en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10125/4506-
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents a sociolinguistic assessment of the Munji (ISO: mnj) speech variety based on data collected in the Munjan area of northern Afghanistan. The goal was to determine whether a national language is adequate for primary school education and literature, or whether the Munji people would benefit from language development, including literature development in the vernacular. The survey trip entailed administering questionnaires to village elders,sociolinguistic questionnaires as well as Dari proficiency questionnaires to men and women of various age groups, eliciting word lists, and observing intelligibility of Dari and language use. In this way we aimed to determine the vitality of Munji, the different varieties of Munji, the use of Munji and Dari in the different domains of life, attitudes toward the speaking community’s own speech variety and toward Dari, and to investigate their intelligibility of Dari. In this paper we aim to show that the Munji people would benefit from Munji language development as a basis for both primary school material and adult literacy material in the mother tongue. In the long term, this is likely to raise the education level as well as the Munji people’s ability to acquire Dari literacy.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Foreign Language Resource Centeren_US
dc.format.extent66 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawai'i Pressen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives Licenseen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United Statesen_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/en_US
dc.subjectMunjien_US
dc.subjectAfghanistanen_US
dc.subjectDarien_US
dc.subjectsociolinguistic assessmenten_US
dc.subjectlanguage developmenten_US
dc.titleA Linguistic Assessment of the Munji Language in Afghanistanen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.dcmiTexten_US
prism.publicationnameLanguage Documentation & Conservationen_US
prism.volume6en_US
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