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ICE-Fiji

English has been used in Fiji since the first European settlers (deserters and marooned sailors) arrived in about 1805. In 1874 Fiji became a British colony and English became the working language of the colonial administration. Since then, English has steadily increased in use and importance, and today prevails in most official spheres (education, parliament, business and the media). It is a second language for nearly all Fiji Islanders, and is an official language together with Fijian and Hindi. In 2006 a dictionary of Fijian English will be published. The population is 840,300 (456,200 Fijians, 320,700 Indo-Fijians, 63,400 others).

Reading
Biewer, Carolin, Marianne Hundt & Lena Zipp. (2010). 'How' a Fiji corpus? Challenges in the compilation of an ESL ICE component. ICAME Journal, 34:5-23.
Siegel, J.
(1989) English in Fiji. World Englishes 8, 47-58.

Tent, J. & F. Mugler (1996) Why a Fiji corpus? In Greenbaum, S. (ed.) Comparing English Worldwide: The International Corpus of English. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp.249-261.
Tent, J. & F. Mugler (2004) The phonology of Fiji English. In Kortmann, B., Schneider, E., Burridge, K., Mesthrie, R., & Upton, C. (eds) A Handbook of Varieties of English. Vol. 1: Phonology. Amsterdam: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 193-222.
Tent, J. & F. Mugler (2004) The morphology and syntax of Fiji English. In Kortmann, B., Schneider, E., Burridge, K., Mesthrie, R., & Upton, C. (eds) A Handbook of Varieties of English. Vol. 2: Morphology and Syntax. Amsterdam: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 229-247.

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Online Newspapers

Fiji Times
Fiji Sun