The diversity of Asia-Pacific language ecologies

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The Asia-Pacific region is culturally and linguistically extremely diverse. Many languages are spoken by indigenous or immigrant communities with little political power and some are in danger of becoming extinct in the near future. Government policies regarding the use of the languages of these communities of lesser power vary greatly, with an overall trend towards homogenisation and a strengthening of the nation-state and its language. Choices made about the place of languages of lesser power in education have a profound effect on the self-image and identity of the speakers of those languages. Failing to include them threatens the richness of the cultural diversity of the region.


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