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Diglossia and its practice in multilingual Fiji

Kumar, Margaret Kamla 2001, Diglossia and its practice in multilingual Fiji, International journal of bilingual education and bilingualism, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 181-196, doi: 10.1080/13670050108667727.

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Title Diglossia and its practice in multilingual Fiji
Author(s) Kumar, Margaret Kamla
Journal name International journal of bilingual education and bilingualism
Volume number 4
Issue number 3
Start page 181
End page 196
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1367-0050
Summary The aim of this paper is to explore the notion of diglossia in the three main languages, Bauan Fijian, Shudh Hindi and English, of Fiji. The discussion focuses on situating the languages both historically and socially in a multilingual context. The linguistic complexity of the country is also described and discussed in relation to the three languages. In this paper Bauan Fijian is that variety of the Fijian language,1 as opposed to the other Fijian dialects, which has been standardised. Shudh Hindi is the name given to the standard Hindi language in Fiji, which follows the syntax and grammar of Hindi, one of the national languages of India. This is contrasted with Fiji Hindi, which is considered to be a koine of the Indian languages in Fiji. English as implemented into schools by the colonial British administration is discussed with its sub-standard variety, Fiji English. The paper is divided into several parts. Background and historical relevance with a lead to the present sociolinguistic environment are discussed. The H and L varieties of the three languages are outlined and an analysis provided as to how the languages function within the framework of diglossia.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13670050108667727
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061096

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Institute of Koorie Education
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