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Title:Sociolinguistic Survey of Lohorung

This report presents the results of sociolinguistic research conducted among representatives of the Lohorung [ISO 639-3: lbr], Yamphu [ybi], and Southern Yamphu [lrr] language communities of Sankhuwasabha and Dhankuta districts in Nepal. Linguistic and anthropological research, by van Driem (2001), Rutgers (1998), Hansson (1991), and Hardman (2000), provide helpful context for this investigation of sociolinguistic realities between these groups. The goals of this survey include clarifying the relationships between Lohorung and two related languages; investigating dialect variation and attitudes between three Lohorung communities (Pangma, Angala, and Dhupu); assessing Lohorung language vitality in these three communities; and understanding the Lohorung community’s desires for development. This research adds to previous linguistic description of Lohorung and Yamphu to confirm that, despite their close relationship, they speak separate languages. There is little dialect variation between the Lohorung villages we visited. There are positive attitudes towards the speech variety of Pangma. While language vitality varies among these three Lohorung villages, the degree of vitality (EGIDS 6b, Threatened) warrants language-based development. The Lohorung community desires language-based development, most notably multi-lingual education, adult literacy, and a dictionary.

Contributor (author):Mitchell, Jessica R.
Hilty, Holly J.
Date (W3CDTF):2012
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/57804
Extent:151 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/57804
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2014-003
Is Version Of (URI):oai:sil.org:51652
Nepali (individual language)
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:SIL International
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):NP
Subject:Lohorung language
Southern Yamphu language
Yamphu language
Language surveys; Dialect variation
Subject (ISO639):lbr
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Mitchell, Jessica R.; Hilty, Holly J. 2012. SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2014-003.
Terms: area_Asia area_Europe country_GB country_NP dcmi_Text iso639_eng iso639_lbr iso639_lrr iso639_npi iso639_ybi

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Country: Nepal
Area: Asia

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