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Da Costa Cabral, Ildegrada; Martin-Jones, Marilyn – AILA Review, 2017
This article reveals how center-periphery relations have unfolded, over time, in language policy processes in one nation--Timor-Leste--on the global periphery. We take a "longue durĂ©e" perspective on the language policy processes at work in this historical context, showing how different regimes of language were imposed, in the past, by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnography, Language Planning, Portuguese
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McKinney, Carolyn – AILA Review, 2015
This paper focuses on the lack of impact on language education of recent paradigm shifts in the study of language and society such as the recognition of the ideology of language[s] as stable, discrete or bounded entities and the reality of heteroglossic languaging and semiotic practices in everyday life. Using South Africa as a case, the paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Monolingualism, Multilingualism
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Cruz-Ferreira, Madalena – AILA Review, 2011
"First language acquisition" commonly means the acquisition of a single language in childhood, regardless of the number of languages in a child's natural environment. Language acquisition is variously viewed as predetermined, wondrous, a source of concern, and as developing through formal processes. "First language teaching" concerns schooling in…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Teaching Methods, Folk Culture, Native Language
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Harris, John – AILA Review, 2008
Although the vast majority of people in Ireland have at least some knowledge of Irish, only a small minority speak it as a community language (in Gaeltacht areas in the west) or in the more widely dispersed Irish-speaking households in the large English speaking area. Primary schools have had a central role in language revitalisation since the…
Descriptors: Irish, Language Maintenance, Elementary Schools, School Role