When the British government expelled Chagos Islanders from their homeland, it put a unique culture at risk of erasure.
Linguicism sees people penalised for speaking in non-standard forms of English.
Mauritius’ oil spill highlights the plight of impoverished communities that live along the coastline.
People still find ways to express old ways of speaking in a new language, so that language does not fundamentally alter their cultural identity.
New research suggests that hints left in Creole languages can identify where the original speakers came from – even hundreds of years after they migrated and mixed together.
Slavery, indenture and industrialisation have all contributed to Mauritius’ multiculturalism - and to its deep social tensions.
In Africa, standard English dominates in formal institutions. But in everyday usage it is supplanted by the continent’s abundance of languages – and the varieties of English these gave rise to.
A linguist from the University of Michigan has discovered a new language in a remote Indigenous community in northern Australia…