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International Journal of the Sociology of Language

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Volume 2014, Issue 227


The Bajjika language and speech community Abhishek Kumar Kashyap

Abhishek Kumar Kashyap
Published Online: 2014-04-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2014-0001


This article reports on Bajjika, a minority language of the Bihari group of the Indo-Aryan language family. Bajjika is spoken by millions of speakers in the northern part of the north Indian state of Bihar and more than 200,000 speakers in Nepal. Although Bajjika is spoken by a significant segment of the population of Bihar, it has no institutional or educational role in the community or government. Little is known about this language in terms of demographic and ethno-linguistic details, not only to the world but also within India beyond the speech community. This article provides details about the speech community of Bajjika, its language status, functional role in the community and the revival efforts made by exponents of the language. Finally, suggestions for the maintenance of this language are made.

Keywords: Bajjika; Bihari language; India; Indo-Aryan; minority language

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Published Online: 2014-04-08

Published in Print: 2014-05-01

Citation Information: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Volume 2014, Issue 227, Pages 209–224, ISSN (Online) 1613-3668, ISSN (Print) 0165-2516, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2014-0001.

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