To Be or Not to Be: Challenges Facing Eastern Penan in Borneo

Peter Sercombe

in Endangered Languages of Austronesia

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544547
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720260 | DOI:
 To Be or Not to Be: Challenges Facing Eastern Penan in Borneo

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This chapter considers the nomadic Eastern Penan, the most socio-economically disadvantaged ethnic group in Borneo, and their endangered language. It provides a brief outline of the sociocultural circumstances of the Eastern Penan and discusses challenges of language maintenance. A modest lexicographic project for the language aims to complement the development of first language literacy among lower primary school Eastern Penan children, as well as foster the maintenance of Eastern Penan and facilitate second and foreign language learning.

Keywords: Eastern Penan; Borneo; first language; literacy; second language learning

Chapter.  5817 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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