The Dhimal: A sociolinguistic survey

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40 + appendices of 86 pp
This sociolinguistic survey of the Dhimal language of southeastern Nepal was sponsored by Nepal National Language Preservation Institute (NNLPI) based in Kathmandu. The primary goal of NNLPI is to promote mother tongue language development among the minority people groups of Nepal. The data collection portion of this survey was carried out between January 25 and March 12, 2001. The purpose of the survey was to gather sociolinguistic information among Dhimal speakers with hopes that these assessments will be useful for giving input into further Dhimal language development.
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1. Introduction 1.1 Geography 1.2 History 1.3 People 1.4 Language 1.5 Purpose and Goals 2. Methodology 2.1 Overview 2.2 Research Methods 2.2.1 Nepali Sentence Repetition Test (SRT) 2.2.2 Questionnaires 2.2.3 Word lists 2.2.4 Recorded Text Tests (RTT) 3. Bilingualism 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Sentence Repetition Testing 3.3 SRT Sampling and Testing Sites 3.4 SRT Results 3.5 Questions on Bilingualism 4. Language Use, Attitudes, and Vitality 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Language Use 4.2.1 Language use according to all demographic factors 4.2.2 Language use according to age 4.2.3 Language use according to education level 4.2.4 Language use among Dhimal children 4.3 Language and Literacy Attitudes 4.3.1 Language attitudes 4.3.2 Literacy attitudes 4.4 Language Vitality 5. Dialect Areas 5.1 Lexical Similarity 5.1.1 Procedures 5.1.2 Word list sites 5.1.3 Lexical similarity results 5.2 Intelligibility Testing 5.2.1 Procedures 5.2.2 Intelligibility testing results 5.2.3 Post-RTT questions 5.2.4 Questionnaire responses 6. Summary of Findings and Recommendations 6.1 Summary of Findings 6.1.1 Bilingualism 6.1.2 Language Use, Attitudes, and Vitality 6.1.3 Dialect Areas 6.2 Recommendations Bibliography
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