"Language Death in the Context of Assam"


Alina Saikia, Dibrugarh University.


Assam is a multilingual state where various Aryan and Non-Aryan lingual families have been living. There is reciprocal influence between Assamese and other languages. The Non-Aryan lingual families usually belong to Sino-Tibetan, Austric, Dravidian etc. Most of the languages belong to these families have extincted from the scene. Assamese turns to be the mother tongue of the tribes whose language was died as they adopt Assamese as their second language. The imposition of Assamese culture and language brings uncertainty to the Non -Aryan languages. Unawareness of the people regarding language also contributes to it. The objective of the paper is to study the dead languages and its reasons in the context of Assam.