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The purpose of this sociolinguistic survey among the Nimadi-speaking people was to
assess the need for mother tongue literature development and literacy work. Wordlist
comparisons showed a relatively high degree of lexical similarity among the Nimadi
varieties compared. Recorded Text Testing (RTT) revealed adequate comprehension
of the selected Nimadi varieties in test points across the Nimad region. Responses of
Nimadi speakers to sociolinguistic questionnaires indicated strong vitality of the
language. Nimadi speakers have positive attitudes towards their language, but no
central or prestige variety was identified. Attitudes towards Hindi are slightly
positive; Hindi is seen as the language of education. Although questionnaire subjects
felt they can handle basic tasks in Hindi, there are indications from Sentence
Repetition Testing (SRT) that the Nimadi-speaking population as a whole is probably
not adequately bilingual in Hindi to use available materials effectively.