Phonological Processes in Mising Language: A Privilege Theoretic Account


Phonological processes gives an identity to a language. Phonological processes of an endangered language is more important to keep the language alive in future. Language is such a property which can be lost in future if less practiced and this is the condition of this particular language, Mising, which is spoken in the North-east region of India. Mising language belongs to tibeto-burman language family. Original words of this language are slowly diminishing because of cross cultural habits and getting replaced by borrowed words from it's neighboring language, Assamese, which is the main language of Assam. In my paper I am trying to showcase the phonological processes so that the progeny of this linguistic culture can carry forward the language. This is a part of my doctoral thesis where I am looking into the phonological processes possibly found in this language and putting importance on the long lost words which are replaced by the borrowed words from Assamese. By doing this I would like to show the limits of threat that can cause harm to this language. My hypothesis is that with the increasing cross cultural habits the new generation is loosing the linguistic identity which can be regained by a good linguistic survey of the language. Only grammatical survey and a dictionary cannot help if a proper phonological evidence is not recorded for future use. I cannot give the solid results for the time being as the research is in progress.

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Loreina Pagag, The English and Foreign Languages University, India

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Conference: ECLL2015
Stream: Phonetics and Phonology

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