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Center of Research and Preservation of Ahirani
Ahirani: A regional variant of Marathi, which is popularly spoken in the North Region of Maharashtra. It is largely spoken but less written. As a result, the most of the words, idioms, phrases which were in vogue once are either lost or used rarely. Such condition is dangerous for any dialect. We know that in the age of globalization, the dialects have become the endangered species. It is the responsibility of the researchers, teachers and students in the higher educational institutes to take measures to preserve such dialects. Center of Research and Preservation of Ahirani, which is activity initiated by Faculty of Humanities in the college proposed to develop Ahirani Shabdkosh. It is intended that the words, idioms, phrases etc. of Ahirani will be collected exhaustively and a Shabdkosh will be developed. It will be work of preservation of a dialect and Shabdkosh will help the new generation to use the traditional Ahirani vocabulary in speech and in writing.
- 1. To study and conduct the research for preserving Ahirani: the dialect of Marathi
- 2. To collect the vocabulary of Ahirani and publish it in the form of dictionary
- 3. To study the cultural heritage with reference to Ahirani
- 4. To create the awareness among the students and people about the linguistic legacy
- 5. To encourage the knowledge creation and creative writing in dialects.
- 6. To develop an Ahirani Shabdkosh.
The faculty of Humanities has initiated an activity of research and preservation of Ahirani which is a dialect spoken by the majority of the folk in the North Maharashtra region. The lockdown period restricted the researchers to conduct the field works. Still the work of making of Shabdkosh continued.
Following steps were taken in executing the work undertaken:
- 1. An editorial board was set up.
- 2. The editor-researchers were assigned the work of collecting words of Ahirani which are getting extinct or which are rarely used.
The areas of collecting of words were determined and the areas will be concentered by the related editor-researchers.
Evidence of Success:
There are fourteen teachers of languages, literature and social sciences in the faculty of Humanities. The work of making of Ahirani Shabdkosh was a joint venture of these teacher-researchers. An exhaustive editorial board of the teachers was set up. The editorial board undertook two strategic meetings regarding the Shabdkosh in the year 2020-21. In the first meeting the areas of Ahirani vocabulary were reconsidered and redefined. In the second meeting, the areas of Ahirani vocabulary were assigned to the teachers and their jurisdictions of work were confirmed. During the year, the editorial board kept on selecting and grading the various words required for Ahirani Shabdkosh.