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ERIC Number: EJ822418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
An Unequal Balance: The Seychelles' Trilingual Language Policy
Laversuch, Iman Makeba
Current Issues in Language Planning, v9 n4 p375-394 Nov 2008
In 1976, the Seychelles government made Creole its third official language, alongside French and English. Although Creole is the native language for most Seychellois, this language policy change has remained contentious. While some have hailed it as essential to democracy, others have condemned it for widening the nation's socioeconomic divide. After describing the Seychelles' modern demography and trilingual policies, details surrounding this controversy are presented. The socioeconomic pressures facing the nation's official languages are explored. The policy issues raised help shed light on Creole-speakers, a group whose interests are often overlooked in language planning discussions for minority empowerment. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Seychelles