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Comment East Timor (Score 1) 297

I wonder if a society would actually decide to change their language if there was sufficient evidence that it hinders their cultural development.
When they got independent some years ago, the government of East Timor had to choose which would be their national language. They could choose among Portuguese (the language of the colonial power until 1975, spoken by old literate people), Indonesian (the language of the recent enemy and occupier), English (the language of the Australian big friends) or Tetum (a local language spoken by some but not all the Timorese).

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