Language choice as an index of identity: linguistic landscape in Dili, Timor-Leste

  title={Language choice as an index of identity: linguistic landscape in Dili, Timor-Leste},
  author={Kerry Taylor-Leech},
  journal={International Journal of Multilingualism},
  pages={15 - 34}
  • Kerry Taylor-Leech
  • Published 1 February 2012
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Multilingualism
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