[lg policy] Tokelau to establish a new language policy

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Apr 1 11:29:37 EDT 2019


Tokelau to standardise national language
4:56 pm on 1 April 2019
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Tokelau's government is looking at standardising its national language.
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Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

The changes, which were put forward at its parliamentary meeting this
month, are in response to a different alphabet used in New Zealand.

Tokelau's ulu, or leader, Kelihiano Kalolo, said there had been
difficulties trying to coordinate meetings because of the language
differences.

"Language is very very important for us, that's how we express ourselves as
Tokelauans. We are thinking of the future of our children who will grow up,
they must grow up with ... a common approach rather than having different
versions."

Kelihiano Kalolo said a working group will be tasked with establishing a
new language policy.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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