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The Language and People of Mehweb

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  • Nina Dobrushina


    (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

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    This paper describes the sociolinguistic situation of Mehweb, a lect of the Dargwa branch of East Caucasian, in the Republic of Daghestan. In the course of several field trips to the village of Mehweb, sociolinguistic interviews were conducted in four neighbouring Avar- and Lak-speaking villages. The paper describes the demographic situation in Mehweb, the villagers' official status, their social and economic life in the past and at present. The multilingual repertoire of Mehwebs and their neighbours is described in both qualitative and quantitative terms. I conclude that, while there are no signs of language loss, the traditional patterns of multilingualism in Mehweb are highly endangered

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    Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 45/LNG/2016.

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    Length: 13 pages
    Date of creation: 2016
    Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Linguistics / LNG, November 2016, pages 1-13
    Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:45/lng/2016
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