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ERIC Number: EJ825576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 90
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 197
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
The Language Situation in Fiji
Mangubhai, Francis; Mugler, France
Current Issues in Language Planning, v4 n3-4 p367-456 Dec 2003
After Papua New Guinea (PNG), Fiji is the second largest island nation in the South-west Pacific and the hub of the region. Nearly all Fiji Islanders have either Fijian or Fiji Hindi as their first language, in roughly equal numbers, while the former colonial language, English, with very few native speakers, has retained an important role, particularly as medium of instruction and lingua franca. Although the Constitution nominally gives these three languages equal status, the vernaculars, including some minority languages, remain the main media of communication, while English dominates in most official spheres. In spite of frequent pronouncements about the importance of vernaculars, little planning takes place, and there is little recognition of non-standard dialects. (Contains 5 figures, 12 tables and 45 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Fiji