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SIL Electronic Working Papers 1999-002

Language development in Papua New Guinea

Author  Litteral, Robert L.

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.

  Language development in Papua New Guinea
Published  1999
Country  Papua New Guinea
Subjects  Education
Language development
Language policy
Keywords  education; literacy; sociolinguistics; language policy; language planning; Language policy; Education; Language development