Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Bissoonauth, A. 2012, ''Attitudes towards english in Mauritius: linguistic paradox or cultural pragmatism?'', in C. Coquet-Mokoko & T. Harris (eds), Crafting Identities, Remapping Nationalities: The English-Speaking World in the Age of Globalization, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK. pp. 87-102.


Mauritius, a member of the Commonwealth since independence in 1968 and also a permanent member of the Francophonie (the equivalent in the French-speaking world of the Commonwealth organisaation), isj unique in many ways. An island where English is the official language, but where French perdominates in social interactions and a French-based Creole is the lingua franca of a population of whom 66% are of Indian descent, although very few speak their Indian ancestral language.