Sarikoli S’aoch

Asian Geographic - - Front Page - EAST TA­JIK­ISTAN, 16,000 SPEAK­ERS SAMRONG LOEU VIL­LAGE, CAMBODIA, 10 SPEAK­ERS

Sarikoli is part of the Pamiri di­alect group. It is part of a group of en­dan­gered lan­guages that is used by the high­landers of Ta­jik­istan. De­spite there be­ing a few thou­sand speak­ers, there is no writ­ten form of this group of di­alects, which de­prives the dis­tinct Sarikoli lan­guage of any chances of be­ing passed down and re­tained. The num­bers of S’aoch peo­ple were dec­i­mated un­der the geno­ci­dal Kh­mer Rouge regime, which ruled from 1975 to 1979 and had a pol­icy of ex­e­cut­ing any S’aoch who dared to speak in their na­tive tongue. In 2010, only 10 el­derly mem­bers of the S’aoch in­dige­nous mi­nor­ity liv­ing in their vil­lage out­side their tra­di­tional land still spoke this lan­guage.

Lan­guages risk fall­ing out of use when its speak­ers die out or change to speak­ing an­other lan­guage.

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