Category Archives: English in East Timor

REGIONAL AFFAIRS: Why East Timor chose Portuguese

When the Conselho Nacional da Resistência Timorense (CNRT) announced recently that the official language of independent East Timor will be Portuguese, there was a range of negative reactions in Australia, from puzzlement and incomprehension to irritation and scorn. News weekly, … Continue reading

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Languages of East Timor

The languages of East Timor include both Austronesian and Papuan languages. (SeeTimor–Flores languages and West Trans–New Guinea languages.) The lingua franca and national language of East Timor is Tetum, an Austronesian language influenced byPortuguese, with which it has equal status as an official language. The language of theOcussi exclave is Uab Meto. Fataluku, a Papuan language widely used … Continue reading

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Est Timor – Special Issues

The new nation of East Timor designated two languages as official languages: Portuguese and Tetum. Two other languages are considered as working languages: Indonesian and English. The language issue is an evolving one (as Tetum is being standardized) and among … Continue reading

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East Timor

East Timor (i/ˌiːst ˈtiːmɔr/) or Timor-Leste (/tiˈmɔr ˈlɛʃteɪ/; Tetum: Timór Lorosa’e; Portuguese: Timor-Leste), officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia.[a] It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island, within Indonesian West Timor. The country’s size … Continue reading

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Choosing a native tongue

Next month East Timor will become the world’s newest nation when the former Portuguese colony, which voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999, formally adopts its first constitution. The Guardian, April 18, 2002. Read the whole article…

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East Timor Languages

Includes a mention of the role of English in East Timor. From Wikipedia.  Read the whole article…

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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 … Continue reading

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