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iTaukei language under threat, says academic

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

THE iTaukei language is in danger of disappearing if it is not enriched with more available literature for students, says Fiji National University academic Professor Subramani.

Speaking to teachers during the Education Conference in Lautoka yesterday, Pro Subramani said of the two main languages in the country, the native vernacular was fast becoming endangered.

"For the survival of our multicultural society, our priority lays on efficiency of the iTaukei language and Indo Fijian language," he said.

"We have allowed both these languages to become among the endangered languages of the world.

"Neither of these vernaculars are being enriched by written culture and when it is not being enriched by written culture, it disappears and disintegrates.

"The iTaukei language is a much endangered language and it will take a few decades for it to start to disappear if we don't take notice and do something about it."





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