Reproduced from language nation and development in southeast asia edited by lee hock guan and leo suryadinata singapore institute of southeast asian studies 2007 this version was obtained electronically direct from the publisher on condition that copyright is not infringed. Let me briefly discuss the three words language nation and development it is not automatic or natural for us to link the three words together it may seem obvious today to say language nation and development must be connected but actually this is a very recent occurrence5 of the three language is the most basic it has always been. The early years of nation building in southeast asia generated intensive language conflicts precisely because state policies privileged the idea of a monolingual nation and thus endeavoured to co opt or even do away with troublesome ethnic identities. Language policies in southeast asia have been shaped by the process of nation building on the one hand and by political and economic considerations on the other. Language policies in southeast asia have been shaped by the process of nation building on the one hand and by political and economic considerations on the other this book evaluates the successes and drawbacks of language policies in indonesia malaysia singapore the philippines thailand vietnam and myanmar
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