Language hierarchy within inter-village communication in highland Daghestan
The paper examines factors of language dominance in a bilingual situation. The research was conducted in Daghestan, a patchwork of linguistic diversity in the North Caucasus. By interviewing villagers, the level of mutual bilingualism in neighboring villages was measured in terms of the number of residents who exhibit command of their respective neighbors’ language. The paper aims at understanding what factors are relevant for the language to become dominant in communication between neighboring villages.