Multilingualism and Language Shift in Boro Communities: A Sociolinguistic Survey

Statement of Responsibility:
Davis, Angela, Hussein Mohammed and Linda Jordan
Series Issue:
2013-018
Date:
2013
Publisher:
SIL International
Publisher Place:
Dallas, Texas
Part Of Series:
SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2013-018
Extent:
31 pages
Abstract:

Previous research has shown that the Boro people, also known as the Shinasha, are in the process of shifting from the Borna language to Oromo and Amharic (Lemma and Wedekind 2002). However, the qualitative information gleaned from sociolinguistic interviews had not yet been quantified by the testing of bilingual proficiency. A new survey of the Boro area, completed in 2004, has combined bilingualism testing with a study of social interaction and language attitudes. This paper will present the results of the survey, showing the patterns of language vitality and language endangerment in several different Boro communities. The vitality of Borna across a wider area than expected, combined with the Boro people’s interest in preserving their language, points to the possibility that language shift will be stabilized and eventually reversed.

Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Ethiopia
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Subject:
Amharic
Bilingual proficiency
Boto
Ethiopia
Language endangerment
Language shift
Language surveys
language vitality
Multilingualism
Omotic
Oromo
Shinasha
Sociolinguistic survey
Nature of Work:
Entry Number:
54879