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SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2008-003

Bishnupriya (Manipuri) speakers in Bangladesh: a sociolinguistic survey

Authors  Kim, Amy
Kim, Seung
Abstract 

This report presents the findings of a survey conducted in the Bishnupriya community of Bangladesh in March 2003. Data gathered through word lists, sociolinguistic questionnaires, and SRTs are presented and analyzed to determine the current sociolinguistic situation. In brief, it was concluded that the Bishnupriya are highly bilingual in Bangla, the national language, but also speak their mother tongue enough to keep its vitality high and have a positive attitude toward their mother tongue. Still, an increased use of mother tongue literacy would strengthen its usefulness and vitality even more.

  Bishnupriya (Manipuri) speakers in Bangladesh: a sociolinguistic survey
Published  2008
Language  Bishnupriya [bpy]
Country  Bangladesh
Subjects  Language surveys
Sociolinguistics
Keywords  Sociolinguistics; Language surveys