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Vitality and Endangerment of Contemporary Kurukh

Alisha Vandana Lakra1 & Md. Mojibur Rahman2

1Senior Research Fellow, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad-826004 (Jharkhand) India. ORCID ID 0000-0002-6707-6849

Email: alisha.2013dr0220@hss.ism.ac.in

2Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad-826004 (Jharkhand) India. ORCID ID 0000-0002-8454-0981

 Volume 9, Number 2, 2017 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v9n2.35

Received May 31, 2017; Revised July 24, 2017; Accepted July 27, 2017; Published August 18, 2017.

Abstract

A multilingual society shares some common social and cultural situations affecting the linguistic features of a language. It eventually appears in linguistic performances of the speech community which might lead to its endangerment. The Kurukh language, spoken in and around the district of Ranchi in Jharkhand, India, appears in a multilingual society where it is constantly affected by its neighbouring and dominant languages. The restricted use of the language has led to its endangerment. This paper describes the degree of endangerment of the Kurukh language and also assesses its vitality with reference to the factors proposed by UNESCO. The study investigates the speech performances of the speakers of Kurukh to assess the extent of code-mixing.

Keywords: Endangerment, Kurukh, code-mixing.

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