Draft Report on Tibet's Linguistic Minorities
journal contributionposted on 15.03.2018, 00:00 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).