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Abstract

Beginning the half century prior to Irish independence, a surge of cultural pride emanated throughout the island. The result of this nationalism was, among many things, an interest in the Irish national language. Following independence in 1922, both state policies, influenced by social movements by public organizations, were formed to encourage the use of the Irish language. The island of Curaçao has many features in common with the colonial history of Ireland, particularly with regards to national language. Like Irish was in Ireland, Papiamentu, can be standardized, encouraged and utilized in Curaçao to foster a sense of identity as well as to create a national language that is both culturally important and globally relevant.

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