Endangered Languages in South India: An Exploratory Study
1) About the Cluster
An endangered language is one that is likely to become extinct in the near future. Many languages are falling out of use and are being replaced by others that are more widely used in the region or nation, such as English. Unless current trends are reversed, these endangered languages will become extinct within the next century. Many other languages are no longer being learned by new generations of children or by new adult speakers; these languages will become extinct when their last speaker dies. In fact, dozens of languages today have only one native speaker still living, and that person's death will mean the extinction of the language: It will no longer be spoken, or known, by anyone. Not much work has been done in documenting lesser known languages from South India, such as Kota and Toda in Tamil Nadu, Gadaba and Naiki in Andhra Pradesh, and Koraga and Kuruba in Karnataka. There is no detailed study dealing with all aspects of these languages in a theoretical framework. The Project Proposal is being submitted in the light of these developments.
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