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Shifting Sociolinguistic Realities in the Nation of East Timor and its Diasporas

This project, led by Principal Investigator Dr Francesco Goglia and Dr Susana Afonso brings together, for the very first time, scholars from different disciplines, based in Europe, Timor-Leste and Australia to explore the complex and shifting sociolinguistic realities of the nation of Timor-Leste and of the growing Timorese-Leste Diasporas. The project will focus on key areas of current research including adult literacy education in Timor-Leste, the use of mother tongue in multilingual education, the sociolinguistics of the Timorese-Leste Diasporas, language contact and the formation of a Timorese-Leste variety of Portuguese.

Newly formed as a nation in 2002, the linguistic repertoire of Timor-Leste comprises Tetun, Portuguese (now both official national languages in Timor-Leste), Indonesian and other local indigenous languages. Different generations have different degrees of knowledge and use of these languages due to historical changes and resulting language policies and the transnational mobility of Timorese-Leste Diasporas. The nation's multilingual complexity crosses individual disciplinary boundaries of research into sociolinguistics of multilingualism, language and literacy policy and practice, and second language acquisition.

The project has been funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

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For more information please visit the project website.