Language Shifts Among the Scheduled Tribes in India: A Geographical Study (Google eBook)

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., Jan 1, 1999 - Bhil (Indic people) - 183 pages
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The present work attempts to identify spatial patterns fo the extent and nature of language shifts among the tribal population in India. It provides social, economic and political dimensions of changing linguistic identity. Based on both secondary and primary data, some of the socio-economic variables have been statistically tested through Correlation and Regression to determine the relationship with language shifts. The impact of urbanisation and regional development on the linguistic behaviour of the tribal population has been analysed.The study rejects the claim that language shift indicates the process of integration--rather it shows the process of assimilation of the tribal people into the majority culture group. In fact, language shifts among these societies have been perceived more often as social compulsions.The study emphasises the need of promoting and preserving the tribal languages as these are cultural heritage of India. The study may provide a basis to understand the dynamics of language shift--as it might have implications of language planning in multilingual societies like India.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
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TRIBAL LANGUAGES OF INDIA
19
LIST OF FIGURES
20
TYPOLOGY OF LANGUAGE SHIFT
53
LANGUAGE SHIFT
97
Correlation Matrix Based on Household Level Data
115
IMPLICATIONS
119
Relationship Between Percentage of Tribes Development and Language Shift
127
Districts with High Level of Urbanisation
129
Correlation Matrix
131
PLANNING FOR THE PRESERVATION
139
SUMMARYAND CONCLUSIONS
151
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REFERENCES
173
INDEX
180

Levels of Development
124
Degree of Language Shift
125

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