May 16, 2013

Language Vitality

Written by Jeana R.

katavipic2 People in the Katavi region are dedicated to their
language and culture. (Katavi region - Tanzania)
Language death and decline are very real here in Tanzania, where smaller languages are often pushed to the side by larger language groups. But the population size of a people group does not always indicate its Language Vitality. Take for example the Ruwila people of the Katavi Region: despite being one of the smallest language groups in the region with only a few thousand speakers, the language still has quite a bit of life. The Ruwila people are dedicated to their ongoing language and culture and still speak it within the home. Being handed down to the younger generation ensures that it will continue to be used, despite the group's smaller population numbers.

 
 
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