The influences of Bislama on lexical choices in children's written English: A case study in Vanuatu

Caukill, Emma Joy Anne (2015) The influences of Bislama on lexical choices in children's written English: A case study in Vanuatu. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


In Vanuatu, there have been concerns that Bislama (the national language of Vanuatu and a creole with an adapted English vocabulary) hinders English language learning. Consequently, previous language policy restricted the use of Bislama in schools. The findings from this study offer significant insights and implications that may assist teachers with using Bislama in their classrooms in a way that furthers English language and literacy development. This research is timely because the Vanuatu Government have recently implemented a new language policy that allows the vernacular island languages and Bislama to be used as a linguistic resource in schools.

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ID Code: 86994
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: May, Lynette Anne & Hepple, Erika
Keywords: English language teaching and learning, Bislama, code-switching, language policy, sociocultural theory, pidgins and creoles, second language writing, vocabulary, Vanuatu, lexical transfer
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2015 02:18
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2015 00:30

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