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A Sociolinguistic Assessment of the Roshani Speech Variety in Afghanistan

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dc.contributor.authorBeck, Simoneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-12T00:13:49Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-12T00:13:49Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12en_US
dc.identifier.citationBeck, Simone. 2013. A Sociolinguistic Assessment of the Roshani Speech Variety in Afghanistan. Language Documentation & Conservation. 7: 235-301.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1934-5275en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10125/4573-
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents the results of a sociolinguistic assessment conducted in September 2007 in the Roshan area in Afghanistan, where the vernacular Roshani is spoken (ISO: sgh, for Shughni). The goal of the assessment was to determine whether the Roshani people will benefit from a language development project, opening the possibility for literature development and primary school education in the vernacular. The objectives were to assess whether the national language Dari (ISO: prs, for Persian) or the closely related speech variety Shughni would be adequate to be used in literature and primary school education. This was achieved by administering sociolinguistic questionnaires and village elder questionnaires, eliciting word lists, testing intelligibility of the Shughni speech variety, and observing and asking about bilingualism with Dari. In this way the domains of language use, attitude towards Roshani, Shughni and Dari, and bilingualism with Dari, and intelligibility of Shughni were determined. This paper aims to show that due to low bilingualism with Dari, Dari literature cannot serve the Roshani speech community adequately. Because of high intelligibility with Shughni and a neutral attitude, it will be recommendable that Shughni reading material will be tested in Roshan as soon as it is ready.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Foreign Language Resource Centeren_US
dc.format.extent67en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawaii Pressen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States*
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unporteden_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/en_US
dc.subjectSociolinguisticsen_US
dc.subjectRoshanien_US
dc.subjectDarien_US
dc.subjectAfghanistanen_US
dc.titleA Sociolinguistic Assessment of the Roshani Speech Variety in Afghanistanen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.dcmiTexten_US
prism.publicationnameLanguage Documentation & Conservationen_US
prism.volume7en_US
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