Research Institute of Language and Culture of Asia,
Pearic as a Dying Branch of Austroasiatic Languages and their Struggle for Survival
The entire Pearic branch of AA is dying. Even though
there are record numbers of Pearic speakers in various locations in
However, there are Chong and Kasong speakers who would like to keep their language alive and they have joined hands with linguists to reverse the situation. This paper presents the struggle for survival of the Chong and the Kasong. Even though Chong language revitalization process is considered to have started twenty years too late, the teaching of Chong as a subject in the formal school system, as part of the Chong language revitalization, has been successful and become a model for other languages with the same problem. On the other hand, for the Kasong only a miracle can help preserve the language beyond the current generation even though they have developed a writing system as a tool for learning and documenting their language.