International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 10, Part F (2016)
Vowel phonology of KUI language
Dr. Govinda Chandra Penthoi
Kui (ISO639-3 Code ‘Kxu’) is a language spoken by Kondh or Kondha (/Kɔndhɔ/) tribe. Majority of the Kui-speaking Kondhs live in the hilly and forested areas of South and central Odisha especially in the undivided districts of Kondhamal, Koraput and Kalahandi. The other language spoken by Kondhs is Kuvi which is very similar to Kui. Kondh people being an underdeveloped tribal people, study of their language, society and culture draws a lot of attention of academics, administration and other philanthropic agencies.
Other things may be pointed out that this language seems to be at a first rate of simplification, since some complex features of Kui phonology and semantics are losing their ground perhaps due to less frequent use and due to the influence of neighboring languages. This is evident from the difficulties and inconsistency in determining the proper meaning of some non-inflection morphemes. The case may be due to the rapid change of socio-economic, socio-political, educational and cultural values of Kondas because of their exposure to the modern Civilization. No doubt kui is a very nice language.
The objective of this study is to present the vowel sound and phonology of Kui language. The approach is data oriented and uses in general. The structuralist methodology has been followed for the analysis of the data in the present work. Data was collected from the native speakers through field visit to various Kui speaking areas.
How to cite this article:
Dr. Govinda Chandra Penthoi. Vowel phonology of KUI language. Int J Appl Res 2016;2(10):387-392.