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dc.contributor.authorTaylor-Leech, K
dc.contributor.editorRobert B Kaplan & Richard B Baldauf
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T13:57:52Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T13:57:52Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.date.modified2012-03-07T05:03:19Z
dc.identifier.issn1466-4208
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14664200802339840
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/43369
dc.description.abstractTimor-Leste celebrated its formal political independence on 20th May 2002. The National Constitution of the new nation declared the endogenous lingua franca (Tetum) and the former colonial language (Portuguese) to be co-official. The remaining local languages were given the status of national languages. Indonesian and English were designated working languages "for as long as is deemed necessary." In this article I consider the origins and implications of these constitutional provisions. The paper consists of five parts: 1. A social and economic profile of the polity. This section also discusses migration, communications and the media in relation to language policy and practice. 2. A language profile of the country, followed by a discussion of diglossia, multilingualism, literacy and official language choice. 3. An account of the sociolinguistic consequences of language contact and an historical analysis of social policies and practices that have shaped the habitus. 4. A discussion and analysis of current language policy development in terms of goals, motives and orientations. 5. An assessment of the prospects for language maintenance with special reference to policy outcomes and options. I advocate a rights-oriented approach to language management, arguing that in the absence of such an approach, ad hoc power relationships between languages will continue to dominate social discourse and language politics.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto68
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalCurrent Issues in Language Planning
dc.relation.ispartofvolume10
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLinguistics
dc.subject.fieldofresearchApplied linguistics and educational linguistics
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode4704
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode470401
dc.titleThe language situation in Timor-Leste
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2009
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorTaylor-Leech, Kerry J.


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