Linguistic and ethnographic documentation of Western dialects of Nyenkha spoken in Phobjikha valley in Wangduephodrang, Bhutan


Linguistic and ethnographic documentation of Western dialects of Nyenkha spoken in Phobjikha valley in Wangduephodrang, Bhutan

Language: Nyenkha (ISO639-3: neh)
Depositor: Wangchuk Rinzin
Location: Bhutan
Deposit Id: 0479
ELDP Id: SG0464
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit
Nyenkha is a nearly extinct East Bodish dialect spoken at Phobjikha (less than 300 people) and Wangduephodrang (less than 3000), Western Bhutan by an illiterate minority without national participation. Elderly people speak and understand well; middle-aged have limited competence, children neither speak nor understand Nyenkha due to its lack of value in marketplace and official settings. Documentation includes linguistic and ethno-cultural database, audio/video/photographic records of conversation, interviews, oral literature/folk genres, leading to grammatical sketches and an initial dictionary fragment. Generated archival data will facilitate future maintenance and revitalization efforts, and provide evidence for understanding local language and identity in both historical and structural dimensions.

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Wangchuk Rinzin
Affiliation: University of Essex

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