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ERIC Number: EJ822842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
Vernacular Literacy in the Touo Language of the Solomon Islands
Dunn, Michael
Current Issues in Language Planning, v6 n2 p239-250 May 2005
The Touo language is a non-Austronesian language spoken on Rendova Island (Western Province, Solomon Islands). First language speakers of Touo are typically multilingual, and are likely to speak other (Austronesian) vernaculars, as well as Solomon Island Pijin and English. There is no institutional support of literacy in Touo: schools function in English, and church-based support for vernacular literacy focuses on the major Austronesian languages of the local area. Touo vernacular literacy exists in a restricted niche of the linguistic ecology, where it is utilised for symbolic rather than communicative goals. Competing vernacular orthographic traditions complicate the situation further. (Contains 2 figures and 4 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: Solomon Islands