Who Are We and Where Do We Fit? the Terik Community Search for Belonging
What are the opportunities and pressures the Terik community is facing regarding the language? What are the language related goals of the Terik community? What aspects of the language are most valued by the Terik community? What aspects of the Terik language are most endangered? are questions we seek to answer.
The data analyzed was collected from interview sessions held between Terik elders, chiefs and chair persons of the community, elicited utterances from Terik speakers and from everyday communication practices in a wide range of social spheres such as market days, circumcision and marriage ceremonies among Terik speakers. Results indicate that the Terik community share strong cultural strengths; personal and cultural beliefs, values, cultural knowledge of the people, the community’s spirituality, creativity and traditional technologies in an environment where ‘forced’ assimilation comes out so strong resulting to both stable and shifting multilingualism within the community.