AbstractLanguage attrition is primarily the loss of language and subsequently the loss of culture and identity. A
number of languages have become extinct, and many languages of the world are near extinction. This
study analyzes the impact of language attrition on Saraiki and its culture in the D. G. Khan region. This
research takes into consideration two domains of language use: home and university. Paradis's (2004)
Activated Threshold Hypothesis (ATH) supplemented with Bot, Lowie & Verspoor's (2007) Dynamic
Systems Theory (DST) has been adopted as a theoretical framework. The mixed-method approach has
been used, and a sample of 100 respondents was selected from the target population. The respondents
were instructed to define certain Saraiki vocabulary items, and their responses were recorded. The
findings show that socio-economic, socio-cultural, socio-political and socio-demographic factors are
responsible for the language attrition of Saraiki and the subsequent impact on the culture of the speakers
in the selected locale.
1-Muhammad Riaz Lecturer, Department of English, Bahadur Sub-campus (Layyah), Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Aneela Gill Assistant Professor, Department of English, National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, Pakistan.3-Sara Shahbaz Lecturer, Department of English, Women University Multan, Punjab, Pakistan.
KeywordsLanguage Attrition, Minority Language, Identity, Culture, Socio-Economic Factors, Socio-Cultural Factors
Volume & IssueVI - III