Language vitality assessment of Deori: An endangered language Acharyya, Prarthana Mahanta, Shakuntala 2019-09-26T06:55:27Z 2019-09-26T06:55:27Z 2019-09
dc.description.abstract Deori, a Tibeto-Burman language, is an “endangered” language and is described as a language on the verge of its extinction. Recent research on Deori phonetics and phonology has shown loss of distinct pitch realization and identification in the speech of older as well as younger generation speakers. The difference in production and perception of tonal categories among the speakers of the younger age group led to an examination of language vitality of Deori. To substantiate the analyses of inter-generational language change, this study takes into account inter-generational perceptions on language use and its robustness. The findings of this study show that the language status of Deori is not completely bleak, and there is a sense of optimism for the future of the language among speakers irrespective of age. The findings also show that the language suffers from lack of support in the public domain, lack of teachers to teach Deori as a subject in schools, and absence of exposure in new media. If these problems are rectified, then there is hope of survival for Deori, but only with sustained and conscious efforts aimed at revitalizing. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center en_US
dc.format.extent 31 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Acharyya, Prarthana & Shakuntala Mahanta. 2019. Language vitality assessment of Deori: An endangered language. Language Documentation & Conservation 13: 514-544. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press en_US
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
dc.subject Endangered languages en_US
dc.subject Deori language en_US
dc.subject language vitality en_US
dc.subject Tibeto-Burman languages en_US
dc.title Language vitality assessment of Deori: An endangered language en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
prism.endingpage 544 en_US
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation en_US
prism.startingpage 514 en_US
prism.volume 13 en_US
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