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SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2010-015

Literacy and the vernacular in Tajik Badakhshan: research in Rushani, Khufi, Bartangi, and Roshorvi

Authors  Abbess, Elisabeth
Clifton, John M.
Müller, Katja
Paul, Daniel
Tiessen, Calvin
Tiessen, Gabriela
Abstract 

This paper presents the results of sociolinguistic research conducted in the summer of 2003 among the Rushani, Khufi, Bartangi, and Roshorvi people living in the northwestern part of Badakhshan in Tajikistan. The primary goal of the research was to determine whether a standard form of the Shughni-Rushani language should be developed and used in literacy. Four areas were examined to answer this question: domains of language use, proficiency in Tajik and Russian, the current situation for literacy in the vernacular, and attitudes towards the vernacular and vernacular literacy. Data were gathered through a series of questionnaires, including questionnaires on language use, attitudes, and proficiency.

  Literacy and the vernacular in Tajik Badakhshan: research in Rushani, Khufi, Bartangi, and Roshorvi
Published  2010
Language  Shughni [sgh]
Country  Tajikistan
Subjects  Literacy
Sociolinguistics
Keywords  Shughni; Rushani; Khufi; Bartangi; Roshorvi; Literacy; Sociolinguistics