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Title:Kodrah Kristang: The Initiative to Revitalize the Kristang Language in Singapore
Bibliographic Citation:Wong, Kevin Martens; 2019-12-01; Kaipuleohone University of Hawai'i Digital Language Archive;http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24906.
Creator:Wong, Kevin Martens
Date (W3CDTF):2019-12-01
Description:Kristang is the critically endangered heritage language of the Portuguese-Eurasian community in Singapore and the wider Malayan region, and is spoken by an estimated less than 100 fluent speakers in Singapore. In Singapore, especially, up to 2015, there was almost no known documentation of Kristang, and a declining awareness of its existence, even among the Portuguese-Eurasian community. However, efforts to revitalize Kristang in Singapore under the auspices of the community-based non-profit, multiracial and intergenerational Kodrah Kristang (‘Awaken, Kristang’) initiative since March 2016 appear to have successfully reinvigorated community and public interest in the language; more than 400 individuals, including heritage speakers, children and many people outside the Portuguese-Eurasian community, have joined ongoing free Kodrah Kristang classes, while another 1,400 participated in the inaugural Kristang Language Festival in May 2017, including Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and the Portuguese Ambassador to Singapore. Unique features of the initiative include the initiative and its associated Portuguese-Eurasian community being situated in the highly urbanized setting of Singapore, a relatively low reliance on financial support, visible, if cautious positive interest from the Singapore state, a multiracial orientation and set of aims that embrace and move beyond the language’s original community of mainly Portuguese-Eurasian speakers, and, by design, a multiracial youth-led core team.
Identifier:Wong, Kevin Martens. 2019. Kodrah Kristang: The Initiative to Revitalize the Kristang Language in Singapore. In Pinharada-Nunes, Mário, and Hugo Cardoso. (Eds.) Documentation and Maintenance of Contact Languages from South Asia to East Asia: issues on theory and practice.
Identifier (URI):http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24906
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Relation:LD&C Special Publication
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Subject:Kodrah Kristang
urban language revitalization
Melaka Creole Portuguese
Singapore Creole Portuguese
Table Of Contents:ldc-sp19-wong.pdf


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