This study investigated the changing patterns of language use and
language attitudes of younger generations of Mauritians over the last
two decades. This article discusses the shift in language attitudes of
students in secondary education with special emphasis on Kreol*, taught
since 2012 in primary schools and from 2018 in secondary schools. A
comparison with results from earlier studies suggests a positive attitude
shift towards Kreol in education as well as an acceptance of
multilingualism and multiculturalism as an integral part of being
Mauritian. Asian heritage languages lag behind in the multi-diglossic
patterns of language use. Nonetheless, despite a steady decline in the
home domain, students choose to study them in schools and attitudes
towards them highlight a strong sense of cultural and religious
attachment to ancestral heritage.
*The word Kreol refers to Mauritian Creole. The term Creole is used to
refer to the type of language and members of the Creole community, who
are descendants of former slaves and mixed parentage.