Vernacular literacy in the Touo language of the Solomon Islands
Vernacular literacy in the Touo language of the Solomon Islands. In A. J. Liddicoat (Ed.
), Language planning and policy: Issues in language planning and literacy
(pp. 209-220). Clevedon: Multilingual matters.
The Touo language is a non-Austronesian language spoken on Rendova Island (Western Province, Solomon Islands). First language speakers of Touo are typically multilingual, and are likely to speak other (Austronesian) vernaculars, as well as Solomon Island Pijin and English. There is no
institutional support of literacy in Touo: schools function in English, and church-based support for vernacular literacy focuses on the major Austronesian languages of the local area. Touo vernacular literacy exists in a restricted
niche of the linguistic ecology, where it is utilised for symbolic rather than communicative goals. Competing vernacular orthographic traditions complicate the situation further.