Journal article

The East Timorese in Australia: multilingual repertoires, language attitudes, practices and identity in the diaspora

John Hajek, Francesco Goglia

Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2020


This article explores language repertoires, attitudes, and practices amongst members of the East Timorese diaspora in Australia. It relies on quantitative and qualitative data gathered through a recent sociolinguistic survey, ethnographic observation, as well as on general observations of online language use. Our study reveals a complex multilingualism that reflects in the first instance specific sociolinguistic conditions and changing language policies in East Timor, leading to a reshaping of language repertoires over generations in that country. Participants, mostly raised in East Timor, are more multilingual than their parents, but their children raised in Australia show signs of shift to..

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