The language situation in Fiji

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Mangubhai, Francis and Mugler, France. 2003. "The language situation in Fiji." Current Issues in Language Planning. 4 (3/4), pp. 367-456.
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The language situation in Fiji

ERA Journal ID22151
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMangubhai, Francis (Author) and Mugler, France (Author)
Journal TitleCurrent Issues in Language Planning
Journal Citation4 (3/4), pp. 367-456
Number of Pages90
Year2003
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom
ISSN1466-4208
1747-7506
Web Address (URL)http://www.multilingual-matters.com
Abstract

After PNG, Fiji is the second largest island nation in the Southwest 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.

KeywordsFiji; language planning; education; Hindi; Fijian
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470321. Translation and interpretation studies
470399. Language studies not elsewhere classified
451310. Pacific Peoples linguistics and languages
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
University of the South Pacific, Fiji
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