Why East Timor chose Portuguese

This article discusses why the newly independent country of East Timor chose Portuguese as it’s official language, instead of its lingua franca, Tetum, or Indonesian, the language of the region and the one in which a whole generation of East Timorese had been educated, or English, despite the closeness of Australia and the Australian role in the liberation and reconstruction of the nation, not to mention the enormous usefulness of English as the international language? The article also looks briefly at the role of English in East Timor.  Read the whole article…

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