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Endangered Languages of Austronesia$
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Margaret Florey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544547.001.0001

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

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

(p.191) 11 To Be or Not to Be: Challenges Facing Eastern Penan in Borneo
Endangered Languages of Austronesia

Peter Sercombe

Oxford University Press

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

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