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ERIC Number: EJ885117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
Language Use and Attitudes in Mauritius on the Basis of the 2000 Population Census
Rajah-Carrim, Aaliya
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v26 n4 p317-332 2005
Twelve languages--including the two prestigious colonial languages, English and French, a French-based creole and "ancestral" languages, such as Hindi and Mandarin--are spoken on the multiethnic island Mauritius. Given the multilingual and multiethnic nature of the nation, linguistic practices are an important way for Mauritians to assert or construct their identities. The linguistic diversity of Mauritius has been considered in various censuses. The 2000 census questionnaire contained sections concerning "linguistic group", "language usually spoken in the home" and "literacy". In this paper, the 2000 census language tables related to "linguistic group" and "language usually spoken in the home" are discussed with reference to the current linguistic situation. The growing importance of Creole as both the language of the forefathers and the language usually spoken at home is discussed. The relatively important presence of English and French and the decreasing everyday use of Asian languages are highlighted. The final section of this paper suggests directions for further research on the language tables in the 2000 Population Census. (Contains 3 tables, 1 figure, and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mauritius