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Fiji Hindi: Spoken but unloved

Kumar, Salesh (2010) Fiji Hindi: Spoken but unloved. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper describes why Fiji Hindi, the mother tongue of Fijians of Indian descent, needs to be given the place it deserves in Fiji. This is a paradox that Fiji Hindi, which at a time was the language of survival for Indo-Fijian ancestors, has now reached a point where it is struggling for recognition. The language is still used in many homes; it is present in informal conversations and artistes and singers are more and more using it. The fact it is spoken in Fiji confirms the prominent place the language occupies in Indo-Fijians personal lives and in the folklore of the nation. Over the years, the language has had the influence of other languages like English, and Fijian, which is but natural in an island where there's the existence of plural languages. I believe the Government should give Fiji Hindi a formal status and recognise it as the vehicle of mores and values of the majority of Fiji Indians.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: A General Works > AI Indexes (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email salesh.kumar@usp.ac.fj
Date Deposited: 13 May 2013 11:49
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2015 15:09
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/5820
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