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Title: Preservation & revitalisation of marginal languages : a study of Creoles and adult learning and education
Authors: Dolcy, Tracy J.
Keywords: Adult learning
Adult education
Creole dialects -- Acquisition
Languages, Mixed
Creole dialects -- Study and teaching
Issue Date: 2019-12
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Dolcy, T. J. (2019). Preservation & revitalisation of marginal languages : a study of Creoles and adult learning and education. Malta Review of Educational Research, 13(2), 262-276.
Abstract: Language, which is social in nature, is the primary tool used by human beings to communicate. It is inextricably intertwined with culture. Every language should be safeguarded because of its criticality to human identity and survival. Bearing in mind the afore-mentioned, this paper examines the preservation and revitalisation of marginal languages, as in the case of Creole languages. The paper launches into a critical discussion about language and domination, with specific reference to colonialism and its profound impact on the marginalisation of language and the origination of Creole languages. It outlines some of the issues which may arise from these endangered or extinct languages. By means of an examination of the case of Saint Lucian Kwéyòl, the paper considers adult learning and education as a possibly powerful tool to preserve, revitalise and promote a marginal language. Some of the impacts and challenges of adult learning and education, as it relates to the implementation of this initiative, are also addressed. Consequently, it is argued that every attempt should be made to ensure the protection of marginal languages, in order to promote linguistic and cultural diversity, and human rights.
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