The ecology of language reform in Timor-Leste: a language rights perspective

Taylor-Leech, Kerry (2005) The ecology of language reform in Timor-Leste: a language rights perspective. Studies in Languages and Cultures of East Timor, 7. pp. 13-35. ISSN 1441-1105

Abstract

In this study I use a three-way framework for understanding the processes of language change and reform in East Timor. The first is the metaphor of language ecology. The ecological metaphor is justified as a way of understanding the importance of sustaining a balance between languages. Secondly, language policy and planning are defined and applied to explain the process of language reform in East Timor. I discuss multilingualism and I suggest that negative perceptions of multilingualism have had a demobilizing effect on language planning. Thirdly, I analyse language policy and planning in East Timor from a language rights perspective, demonstrating that language rights have been ignored by language planners until the present day and that modern language planning and policy-making is highly associated with its historical context. I go on to discuss the callenges of language policy implemmentation and conclude with a call for community engagement in language planning.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Edited Geoffrey Hull, Lance Eccles. Author's version not held.
Depositing User: ePrints Administrator
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 05:39
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2011 06:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: language ecology, East Timor, language planning
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200313 Indonesian Languages
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200314 South-East Asian Languages (excl. Indonesian)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950202 Languages and Literacy
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7160

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