Article published in:Animation in Asia
Edited by John A. Lent
[Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 23:1] 2013
► pp. 119–143
Lao as a touch stone
Language use among ethnic minority students in Laos
The purpose of this article is to provide a specific case study of the contradictory discourses concerning Lao as the national language, as the official language, and as the medium of instruction. Through the diglossia framework or Lao as a touch stone, the article investigates how non-mainstream and ethnic minority students use the national language in comparison to their mother tongues and other languages at schools. The result shows that students often use their mother tongue and other non-national language to negotiate their social positions among the majority and the dominant groups.
Keywords: national education, multilingualism, Diglossia, language in education, social hierarchy, ethnic minorities, boarding schooling
Published online: 08 April 2013
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