Spoken L1 Language: Oirad-Kalmyk-Darkhat

Comments on subclassification

Volker Rybatzki 2003

AES status:
Campbell, Lyle and Lee, Nala Huiying and Okura, Eve and Simpson, Sean and Ueki, Kaori 2022
Kalmyk-Oirat (3260-xal) = Vulnerable (80 percent certain, based on the evidence available) ("Xinjiang Oirat is still used on an everyday basis and is being transmitted to children. However, the positive attitude toward their native culture and language among the Oirat population is on the decline. Most children of 10 or less years old practically cannot speak the language, and their level of comprehension is very low. The dominant language among the younger generation is Chinese. As young Oirats tend to move away from their traditional lifestyle, they cease to practice many parts of their indigenous culture, and with the loss of traditions comes the loss of the language." (p.61))

(see Indjieva 2009)

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