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Author: Robert Litteral
Title: Language Development in Papua New Guinea
Source: This paper, originally titled Language Development in Papua New Guinea, Cheaper by the hundreds, was first presented by Dr. Robert Litteral in 1993 as a special lecture sponsored by the Linguistics Department of the University of Texas at Arlington.
Keywords: literacy, sociolinguistics, language planning, language policy, education
This paper outlines the historical evolution of the recent language policy in PNG, and gives an overview of the 1989 education policy regarding initial education in the vernacular, including discussion on planning, implementation and evaluation of the policy. The bulk of the paper discusses implications of the PNG experience for sociolinguistics, language planning and education. The paper challenges some of the assumptions by some sociolinguists regarding the use of vernacular language education.
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