Changing Identity and Linguistic Practices in Nubri: Veiled Language Endangerment in the Nepalese Tibetosphere

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This chapter introduces the Nubri Valley – the people, the place, the language – presenting results from a recent sociolinguistic survey that establishes internal variation as well as external pressures on the language. As a community of ethnic Tibetans in Nepal, crossing the border has slowly resulted in a shift of focus towards Kathmandu in many ways. Changing attitudes and evolving social practices are resulting in a marked shift in language use in the younger generations. Superfijicially, the Nubri language appears quite vital within the valley. However, I show how an examination of diffferent borders in the sociolinguistic landscape helps us arrive at a much clearer understanding of the actual linguistic vitality, revealing a serious threat to its continued survival.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBordering Tibetan Languages
Subtitle of host publicationMaking and Marking Languages in Transnational High Asia
EditorsGerald Roche, Gwendolyn Hyslop
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9789463725040
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2022

Publication series

NameAsian Borderlands
PublisherAmsterdam University Press


  • Nubri
  • language identity
  • linguistic practices
  • language vitality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology


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