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Introducing the Sylheti language and its speakers, and the SOAS Sylheti project

Simard, Candide and Dopierala, Sarah M. and Thaut, E. Marie (2020) Introducing the Sylheti language and its speakers, and the SOAS Sylheti project. Language Documentation and Description, 18 . pp. 1-22. ISSN 1740-6234

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Sylheti is a minoritised, politically unrecognised, and understudied Eastern Indo-Aryan language with approximately 11 million speakers worldwide, with high speaker concentrations in the Surma and Barak river basins in north-eastern Bangladesh and south Assam, India, and in several diasporic communities around the world (especially UK, USA, and Middle East). This paper briefly describes the Sylheti language from a variety of historical, socio-cultural, political, and linguistic angles, with a focus on the context of the Sylheti spoken among diaspora speakers living in London, which is the home base of the SOAS Sylheti Project (SSP), also introduced here, that helped facilitate some of the research presented in the papers comprising this volume.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Candide Simard
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2020 02:53
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2020 01:42

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