An analysis of language shift and maintenance among Marma community of Bangladesh
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In multi lingual environments, it is common for a language to Shift (LS), Maintain (LM) or Lose (LL). The study looked into the verbal repertoire in Marma community- the second largest ethnic minority group in CHT through examining the tendency of LS or LM where Bangla- the state language of the country is widely spoken. We focused on Bandarban where the Marma people live in highest density. Wefollowed qualitative method;adopted an interpretivist approach, using ethnographic case studies taking a sample of twelve people/families with varied professional backgrounds and locations. These people are found mostly bilingual,fluent in Chittagonian–the lingua franca of the region. Although Marma are maintaining their language strictly but are inclined tomainstream Bangla-medium schools for their childrento enjoy higher social status as they can smartly communicate in offices and other important places. Theyare highly fond of music and literature in their own language.