ERIC Number: EJ1059345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
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Speaking Conflict: Ideological Barriers to Bilingual Policy Implementation in Civil War Sri Lanka
Davis, Christina P.
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, v46 n2 p95-112 Jun 2015
This article presents a holistic view of ideological barriers to bilingual policy implementation in Sri Lanka, a conflict-ridden postcolonial nation-state. I examine Sinhalese youth and adults' Tamil as a second language (TSL) learning and speaking practices across three contexts: a multilingual school, a program for government servants, and an NGO. Though limited interactional spaces emerge where Sinhalese students speak Tamil, bilingual policies continue to reinforce inequalities between the Sinhalese Buddhist majority and Tamil-speaking minority groups.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Bilingualism, Policy, War, Barriers, Ideology, Indo European Languages, Dravidian Languages, Second Language Learning, Youth, Adults, Bilingual Schools, Government Employees, Programs, Nongovernmental Organizations, Minority Groups
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Identifiers - Location: Sri Lanka