Dissertation on Ndengeleko, a low-prestige language

Last month Eva-Marie Ström published her doctoral dissertation titled “The Ndengeleko Language of Tanzania.”

Covering everything from the Ndengeleko people, an attitudinal survey, phonology and grammar, the dissertation is the first description of Ndengeleko (ndg).

Ström’s estimate of the number of speakers is 72,000, down from the 2000 estimate cited by the Ethnologue of 110,000. Due to factors such as the low-prestige status of Ndengleko and lack of economic benefits that speaking the language brings, Ström believes the language to be in danger of disappearing in a few generations.

See also “Endangered African language explored” for a summary of the language and her work.


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