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Mrinal Miri

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199452767

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199452767.001.0001

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One Language and Many Languages

One Language and Many Languages

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(p.76) 4 One Language and Many Languages
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Philosophy and Education
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Mrinal Miri

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199452767.003.0004

This chapter analyses the debate on linguistic diversity as a part of the debate on respect for cultural diversity. Educational theory recommends that a child’s education, at least at the pre-primary and primary levels ought to be in its native language or in a language as close, in terms of familiarity and use in the community, to the native language as possible. Linguistic diversity presents a particularly intransigent problem for thinking about education at the national level. However, chapter four suggests that it is possible to take small steps towards an educationally acceptable position.

Keywords:   natural, invented, vocabulary, rules, grammar, meaning, community, diversity, primary schools, multilingual, multicultural

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