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SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2009-011

The Malvi-speaking people of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan: a sociolinguistic profile

Author  John, Mathews
Abstract 

The purpose of this sociolinguistic research among the Malvi-speaking people was to assess the need for vernacular language development. Responses of Malvi speakers to sociolinguistic questionnaires indicated strong vitality of the language. Bilingualism testing in Hindi, confirmed by observations, showed that women, older people, and the uneducated could especially benefit from mother tongue materials and literacy work. Wordlist comparisons indicated potential intelligibility among several different dialects of Malvi. Dialect intelligibility testing showed adequate comprehension of the selected Ujjaini variety among speakers of other dialects.

  The Malvi-speaking people of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan: a sociolinguistic profile
Published  2009
Language  Malvi [mup]
Country  India
Subjects  Language surveys
Sociolinguistics
Keywords  Sociolinguistics; Language surveys