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ERIC Number: ED357632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Sindhis in Malaysia--Language Maintenance, Language Loss or Language Death?
Khemlani-David, Maya
Language used in the home domain of Sindhis in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was studied. Migration patterns have resulted in the Sindhis becoming a linguistic minority in many parts of the world as well as in India. In this study actual speech patterns of parents toward their children and between spouses was observed, and a questionnaire was distributed to each family. The language use data of the case study confirmed that a language shift to English is occurring in the home domain; on an intergenerational level the use of Sindhi was observed only among the 50-year-olds. It is noted that sociolinguistically the Sindhi community is in a situation of language shift and language loss as people use English more and more in the social lives, to the near exclusion of Sindhi except in communication with elders. Contains 6 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia