Sociolinguistic Survey of So in Northeastern Thailand

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Date:
2008
Publisher:
Payap University
Publisher Place:
Chiang Mai
Sponsored By:
Linguistic Institute, Payap University
Extent:
103 pages
Abstract:
The purpose of this survey was to determine the need for further language development among the So in Northeastern Thailand. The instruments include word lists and sociolinguistic questionnaires. The sociolinguistic questionnaires were analysed by comparing responses to determine dialect perceptions, language vitality, and bilingual proficiency among So speakers. The word lists were analysed using lexical comparison to determine potential groupings within So speech varieties. Key findings are that Isan seems to be generally well understood among the So. The So language appears to be high in vitality. There is broad comprehension of the Photi Phaisan dialect of So, but it does not appear to be as well understood in some So villages.
Publication Status:
Published
Table of Contents:
Abstract.....i Acknowledgements....iii Executive Summary....v Index of Tables....xiii Table of Figures....xv Abbreviations....xv 1 Introduction....1 1.1 Geography....1 1.2 People....2 1.3 Languages....4 1.4 History....6 1.5 Previous research....6 1.5.1 Phonology, grammar, discourse, and orthography.....7 1.5.2 Previous surveys....8 1.5.3 Comparative analyses....9 1.6 Other background information.....9 1.6.1 Regional relationships....9 1.6.2 Sociolinguistic situation....10 2 Purpose and goals....11 3 Methodology....12 3.1 Site selection....12 3.2 Instruments....13 3.2.1 Sociolinguistic questionnaire....13 3.2.2 Subject selection....13 3.2.3 Word lists....14 3.3 Fieldwork timeline...15 3.4 Analysis.....15 4 Results.....18 4.1 Mastery of CT or Isan....18 4.1.1 Concept: bilingual proficiency....18 4.1.2 Concept: languages and ethnic groups....21 4.1.3 Concept: domains of language use....22 4.1.4 Concept: subject demographics.....24 4.2 Attitudes toward CT or Isan....24 4.2.1 Concept: ethnolinguistic identity...24 4.2.2 Concept: language attitudes....25 4.3 Comprehension of the Photi Phaisan dialect.....27 4.3.1 Concept: linguistic relatedness....27 4.3.2 Concept: comprehension...28 4.4 Attitudes toward the Photi Phaisan dialect....33 4.4.1 Concept: language attitudes....33 4.5 Language vitality....34 4.5.1 Concept: children's proficiency.....34 4.5.2 Concept: bilingual proficiency...38 4.5.3 Concept: domains of language use....39 4.5.4 Concept: ethnolinguistic makeup of village....41 4.5.5 Concept: contact....42 4.5.6 Concept: geographical distribution......44 4.5.7 Concept: population.....44 4.5.8 Concept: educational policy....45 4.5.9 Concept: language attitudes.....46 4.5.10 Concept: ethnolinguistic identity...52 xi 5 Conclusions....53 5.1 Mastery of CT or Isan....53 5.2 Attitudes toward CT or Isan.....53 5.3 Comprehension of the Photi Phaisan dialect.....54 5.4 Attitudes toward the Photi Phaisan dialect.....54 5.5 Language vitality.....55 5.6 Summary....56 6 Recommendations....57 7 References....58 Appendix A: List of So villages.....61 Appendix B: Word list analysis methodology.....66 Appendix C: Domains of language use......70 Appendix D: Distribution of So phones based on collected word lists....71 Appendix E: Map....72 Appendix F: Word lists....73 Appendix G: Knowledgeable sociolinguistic questionnaire.....75 Appendix H: Individual sociolinguistic questionnaire....80 Appendix I: Observations from Pha Thai and Khok Muang....86 Appendix J: Population....89
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Thailand
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Entry Number:
53555