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ERIC Number: EJ824099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
Developing Electoral Terminology for a New Official Language: Tetun in East Timor
Williams-van Klinken, Catharina
Current Issues in Language Planning, v5 n2 p142-150 May 2004
As an official language of newly-independent East Timor, the public role of Tetun has increased markedly since 1999. Its use is, however, hampered by a shortage of agreed, well-understood, technical terminology. This paper reports on a project by the Independent Electoral Commission and the United Nations Development Programme to develop a glossary of electoral terms for Tetun. Most of the proposed terms were based on Portuguese words; however, phrases were usually adjusted to Tetun syntax. Abstract nouns were given alternative translations as verbs. Definitions used complete sentences which included the head word, and gave more information than traditional dictionaries do.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Timor-Leste