The ecology of language planning in Timor-Leste

Taylor-Leech, Kerry (2005) The ecology of language planning in Timor-Leste. Development Bulletin (Canberra) (68). pp. 116-120. ISSN 1035-1132

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Language planning can be broadly defined as ‘activity most visibly undertaken by government … intended to promote systematic linguistic change; to modify language behaviour in a community of speakers’. Language policy can be defined as a set of ideas, laws and practices intended to achieve the desired change used to pursue the agendas of those in power. However, in this paper, I present it as a way of sustaining endangered languages and controlling the spread of dominant languages. Using the metaphor of language ecology, language planning can be understood as the active management of the language environment.
I argue that active management of the language ecology will
protect and promote multilingualism in Timor-Leste by allowing space for all languages in the system and that a model of additive multilingualism offers the best chance of an inclusive and accommodating language policy.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2010 02:49
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 02:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: Timor-Leste; language policy; language practices; literacy; multilingualism; official languages; national languages
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160103 Linguistic Anthropology
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440712 Social policy
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470212 Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440105 Linguistic anthropology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture

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