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SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2010-006

The Santali cluster in Bangladesh: a sociolinguistic survey

Authors  Kim, Amy
Kim, Seung
Abstract 

This paper reports on sociolinguistic research conducted among speakers of five Austro- Asiatic language varieties in northwest Bangladesh: Koda, Kol, Mahali, Mundari, and Santali. These are collectively referred to as the Santali Cluster because Santali is the most populous and developed language among these five varieties. Linguistic variation within and across these varieties, long-term viability of each variety, and attitudes of speakers towards their own and other language varieties were investigated. The degree of intelligibility in Santali by speakers of the other varieties and the bilingual ability in Bangla of speakers from each variety were also studied. This research was carried out from November 2004 through January 2005 through the use of word lists, questionnaires, a Bangla Sentence Repetition Test, and stories recorded in Santali, Mundari, and Mahali.

  The Santali cluster in Bangladesh: a sociolinguistic survey
Published  2010
Languages  Bengali [ben]
Mahali [mjx]
Mundari [unr]
Santali [sat]
Country  Bangladesh
Subjects  Language surveys
Sociolinguistics
Keywords  Sociolinguistics; Language surveys