small vital languages
nicholas.evans at ANU.EDU.AU
Fri Dec 24 01:12:51 UTC 2010
Nen (Morehead District, PNG) is spoken in just one village by a little under 300 people. It is being transmitted completely to young people. People from 12-45, especially men, speak excellent English as well (not Tok Pisin), and most people speak at least one language from a neighbouring village (typically Nambu or Idi), usually because their mother comes from there. People marrying in to the village generally learn Nen. So my impression is that this is a stable situation of small language vitality, embedded in a culture of traditional multilingualism.
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From: Bill Poser <billposer2 at gmail.com>
Date: Friday, December 24, 2010 11:53 am
Subject: Re: small vital languages
To: Steven Bird <sb at csse.unimelb.edu.au>
Cc: rnlist <r-n-l-d at unimelb.edu.au>
> Dogrib in the Northwest Territories (Canada) is reportedly still being learned and by young children and spoken by all age groups. There are estimated to be about 2,600 speakers.
Prof. Nicholas Evans
School of Culture, History and Language
ANU College of Asia-Pacific, ANU
ACT 0200 Australia
Tel. 61 0 2 6125 0028
Fax. 61 0 2 6125 1463
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