Draft Report on Tibet's Linguistic Minorities.pdf (1.49 MB)

Draft Report on Tibet's Linguistic Minorities

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journal contribution
posted on 15.03.2018 by Roche, Gerald

This draft report provides new insights into the situation of the non-Tibetan languages spoken by Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China. Key findings are as follows:

  • Of the 20 languages surveyed, all are endangered (p4-5).
  • Experts believe that most of these languages will no longer be spoken by 2100 (p5).
  • Families are increasingly transmitting Chinese rather than their heritage language (p6).
  • All these languages are excluded from major social institutions such as media and education (p8-9).
  • Whilst Chinese dominates most social institutions, Tibetan dominates in religion (p8-10).
  • Speakers of minority languages typically face relatively mild levels of discrimination (p11).
  • Speakers of minority languages do not associate their language with their Tibetan identity (p12).
  • There appears to be a significant geographical basis to whether populations are shifting towards Tibetan or Chinese (p17).