Mother tongue education for revitalising endangered languages: miju and digaru

Choudhury, Dimple (2020) Mother tongue education for revitalising endangered languages: miju and digaru. Language and Language Teaching, 9 (2). pp. 18-22. ISSN 2277-307X

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This paper addresses the topic of multilingual education and mother tongue in the context of Miju and Digaru, two endangered Tibeto-Burman languages of Arunachal Pradesh. According to the Census (2011), in the State of Arunachal Pradesh, the three districts, Lohit, Namsai and Anjaw have more than ten languages. Of these, Miju and Digaru are dominant languages in the three districts. The multilingualism of these regions has increased, with Hindi widely used as the lingua franca. Hindi is also popularly used in day-to-day conversations irrespective of the language environment. In this light, the paper grapples with the question of revitalising the two languages. Mother tongue and multilingual education is seen as a critical way of revitalising endangered languages and bringing about a positive attitude and contributing to language revitalisation.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Choudhury, Dimple
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Mother tongue education, Multilingual education, Endangered language, Revitalisation, Language right
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
Full Text Status: Public
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