Vernacular Literacy in the Touo Language of the Solomon Islands

Michael Dunn

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Abstract

The Touo language is a non-Austronesian language spoken on Rendova Island (Western Province, Solomon Islands). First language speakers of Touo are typically multilingual, and are likely to speak other (Austronesian) vernaculars, as well as Solomon Island Pijin and English. There is no institutional support of literacy in Touo: schools function in English, and church-based support for vernacular literacy focuses on the major Austronesian languages of the local area. Touo vernacular literacy exists in a restricted niche of the linguistic ecology, where it is utilised for symbolic rather than communicative goals. Competing vernacular orthographic traditions complicate the situation further.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage planning and policy: Issues in language planning and literacy
EditorsAnthony J. Liddicoat
PublisherMultilingual Matters Ltd
Pages209-220
ISBN (Print)9781853599774
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2007

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