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36 languages in Arunachal face extinction threat

 Itanagar, Nov 16 (PTI): As many as 36 local languages of Arunachal Pradesh, listed as endangered by the UNESCO are facing the threat of extinction in absence of any attempt for their proper documentation.

Out of the 36 languages some of them facing the threat include Koro, Miji, Nath, Bugun, Meyor, Tangam and Puroik, representatives of the Foundation for Endangered Languages and Central Institute of Indian Languages (Mysore) told a workshop here yesterday.

These languages are among the 196 languages listed as endangered throughout the world by UNESCO.

Professor J P Tamuli from Gauhati University, in his address said the vulnerability of tribal languages in North East, including Arunachal Pradesh, was due to homogenisation of languages, unwritten languages and bigger languages having dominating influence on smaller ones.

"Another area that remains grim is that when our oral languages do not percolate down to the younger generations," Tamuli said.

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