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Diglossia, Bilingualism, and the Revitalization of Written Eastern Cham

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Title:Diglossia, Bilingualism, and the Revitalization of Written Eastern Cham
Authors:Brunelle, Marc
Keywords:Eastern Cham
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Date Issued:Jun 2008
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Brunelle, Marc. 2008. Diglossia, bilingualism, and the revitalization of written Eastern Cham. Language Documentation & Conservation 2(1):28–46.
Abstract:Eastern Cham is an Austronesian language spoken in south-central Vietnam. The sociolinguistic situation of Eastern Cham communities is characterized by a combination of diglossia and widespread Cham-Vietnamese bilingualism. These factors have had an important impact on the effectiveness of recent and controversial attempts to standardize and revitalize the traditional Cham script, akhăr thrah. The spelling reforms and first language programs currently implemented are described, and the reactions from the community are discussed. Various possible paths for the development of literacy in Eastern Cham are proposed and the impact of language attitudes and ideology on their chances of success are briefly reviewed.
Appears in Collections: Volume 02 Issue 1 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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