Muscat, 24 Mar (ONA) --- A research paper prepared by Oman Studies Centre based at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) describes the "Hobyout" language, spoken in a narrow border strip along Omani-Yemeni borders, as an endangered language that might go extinct any time, according to the UNESCO’s Atlas of World Languages.
Despite its importance within the context of the group of south Arabia languages (like Shehri, Jebali, Mahri, Harsoosi and Bathari), the "Hobyout" exists only in oral form, but it was not accorded sufficient attention by researchers and it has not even been ‘registered’ due to the limited number of its speakers, according to the SQU study.
A researcher from Sorbonne University in France is now undertaking a project to study the "Hobyout" language under the purview of the SQU’s Oman Studies Centre, which hosts experts from the Sultanate and abroad.
The project constitutes part of a scholarly research named "Almas" and conducted under the supervision of the French Research Centre of the Arabian Peninsula (CEFREPA) in cooperation with Oman Studies Centre. The study notes the absence of any mention of “Hobyout” in the literature of Arab region researchers.