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SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2012-012

Mirpuri Immigrants in England: A Sociolinguistic Survey

Authors  Lothers, Laura
Lothers, Michael
Abstract 

More than half a million Mirpuri people, originally from northeast Pakistan, now live in England. Mirpuri immigrants in the UK are primarily located in Yorkshire. This survey uses questionnaires and observation to evaluate language attitude and use patterns. It looks at the distribution of Mirpuri people in England; language attitudes and vitality; and reports comprehensibility with Pahari/Pothowari dialects in Pakistan. Language attitudes are high and practices that maintain contact with their home country, such as arranging marriages in Pakistan, are indicators that Mirpuri has high language vitality. Not surprisingly, language use patterns among the younger generation indicate a higher proficiency in English. Data for this survey was gathered from February to March 2003.

  Mirpuri Immigrants in England: A Sociolinguistic Survey
Published  2012
Language  Panjabi, Mirpur [pmu]
Country  United Kingdom
Subjects  Language surveys
Sociolinguistics
Keywords  Language surveys