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Literacy in a Dying Language: The Case of Kuot, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5810-2507
2007 (English)In: Issues in Language Planning and Literacy / [ed] Liddicoat, Anthony J, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd. , 2007, 185-208 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Kuot is a language in a critical situation. Most adults of lower middle age and older are full speakers but children are not learning it. In other words, it will become extinct in a few decades if nothing is done; but it is not too late if the community decides to turn it around, and do so fast. Thus far, the community has shown little interest. Into this situation, vernacular elementary education was introduced. While the community expects this to work for language survival, the aim of the education policy is the eventual transfer of literacy skills to English. This paper describes the tensions between these conflicting goals, and the various components that make up the specific situation of Kuot, including vernacular literacy, orthographic considerations arising from the language’s precarious situation, and the eventual extension of the internet era to Melanesia.

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Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd. , 2007. 185-208 p.
Keyword [en]
vernacular literacy, orthography, education, Papua New Guinea, Papuan languages, language death
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Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics General Language Studies and Linguistics Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19233ISBN: 978-1-85359-977-4OAI: diva2:185757

(cf. same title in 2005)

Available from: 2007-10-23 Created: 2007-10-23 Last updated: 2014-04-11Bibliographically approved

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