The language situation in Timor-Leste

  title={The language situation in Timor-Leste},
  author={Kerry Taylor-Leech},
  journal={Current Issues in Language Planning},
  pages={1 - 68}
Timor-Leste celebrated its formal political independence on 20th May 2002. The National Constitution of the new nation declared the endogenous lingua franca (Tetum) and the former colonial language (Portuguese) to be co-official. The remaining local languages were given the status of national languages. Indonesian and English were designated as working languages ‘for as long as is deemed necessary’. In this monograph, I consider the origins and implications of these constitutional provisions… 
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