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The Struggle for a Multilingual Future: Youth and Education in Sri Lanka

Christina P. Davis


The Struggle for a Multilingual Future examines the tension between the ethnic conflict and multilingual education policy in the linguistic and social practices of Sri Lankan Tamil and Muslim girls in Kandy, a city in central Sri Lanka. Postindependence language and education policies were part of the complex and multifaceted causes of the Sri Lankan civil war (1983 to 2009). However, in the last two decades the government has sought to promote interethnic integration by instituting trilingual language policies in the nation’s co-official languages, Sinhala and Tamil, as well as English, in go ... More

Keywords: speech, policy, language ideology, youth, ethnicity, Muslim, war, South Asia, Sri Lanka, Tamil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190947484
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190947484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina P. Davis, author
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Western Illinois University