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Sociolinguistic survey of selected Rajasthani speech varieties of Rajasthan, India, Volume 1: Preliminary overview
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Sociolinguistic survey of selected Rajasthani speech varieties of Rajasthan, India, Volume 1: Preliminary overview
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Contributor:
Samuvel, Nelson (author)
Kelsall, Juliana (editor)
Joshua, Marshall (author)
Koshy, Binoy (author)
Abraham, Binny (author)
Date:
2012
Publisher:
SIL International
Description:
<p>The purpose of this survey was to gain a better understanding of the major present-day speech varieties of Rajasthani spoken in India, in order to assess potential needs for further language development. The speech varieties covered include Dhundari (ISO 639-3: dhd), Godwari (ISO 639-3: gdx), Hadothi (ISO 639-3: hoj), Marwari (ISO 639-3: rwr), Merwari (ISO 639-3: wry), Mewari (ISO 639-3: mtr), Mewati (ISO 639-3: wtm), and Shekhawati (ISO 639-3: swv). Background research was done during December 2001 and the fieldwork was carried out from January through May 2002. In this report, we summarise extensive background research and information from interviews with Rajasthani scholars and poets. We collected sociolinguistic data from speakers of several Rajasthani dialects using wordlists, Recorded Text Testing (RTT), questionnaires, and observations. Our findings were that the speakers of many Rajasthani varieties often perceive their varieties as related dialects, and also report that they can understand one another. However, the lexical similarity study done in this survey indicated that these dialects appeared to be fairly different from one another. The results of an RTT developed in Jodhpur Marwari (perceived as the central variety of Marwari) showed that this variety was not well understood by subjects from six test points representing six other major Rajasthani dialects. The vitality of present-day Rajasthani speech varieties in India appears fairly strong. Hindi is perceived as being valuable for education and economic advancement. However, observations and self-reported information collected during this survey indicate that, aside from those who are well educated, many speakers of Rajasthani dialects are probably not bilingual enough in Hindi to use complex written materials in that language.</p>
Content language:
English
Subject language:
Dhundari
Godwari
Hadothi
Mewari
Marwari (India)
Shekhawati
Merwari
Mewati
Language family:
Indo-European
Indo-Iranian
Rajasthani
Indic
Marwari
Country:
India
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Text
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Language surveys
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Archive: SIL Language and Culture Archives
Online: Yes
Subject language: Dhundari
Subject language: Godwari
Subject language: Hadothi
Subject language: Marwari (India)
Subject language: Merwari
Language family: Indic
Language family: Indo-European
Language family: Indo-Iranian
Language family: Marwari
Language family: Rajasthani
Geographic region: Asia
Country: India
DCMI type: Text
Content language: English
Date: 2000 and later
Date: 2010 - 2019
Contributor: Abraham, Binny
Contributor: Joshua, Marshall
Contributor: Kelsall, Juliana
Contributor: Koshy, Binoy
Contributor: Samuvel, Nelson
Publisher: SIL International
Title: Sociolinguistic survey of selected Rajasthani speech varieties of Rajasthan, India, Volume 1: Preliminary overview
Other subject: Language surveys