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Title:Language shift and cultural reproduction : socialization, self, and syncretism in a Papua New Guinean village
Abstract:Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction is a fascinating anthropological study of language and cultural change among a small group of people living in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea. Don Kulick examines why the villagers of Gapun--a rural and relatively isolated community--are abandoning their vernacular in favor of Tok Pisin, the most widely spoken language in Papua New Guinea, despite their attachment to their own language as a source of identity and as a tie to their lands. He draws on an examination of village language socialization practices and on Marshall Sahlins' ideas about structure and event to demonstrate how the villagers' day-to-day interactions, their attitudes toward language, children, change, and personhood, all contribute to a shift in language and culture that is beyond their understanding and control. The first detailed documentation of such a process, Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction places linguistic change within an interpretive framework and treats language as a symbolic system that affects, and is affected by, the thoughts and actions of everyday life
Creator:Kulick, Don
Description:Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-313) and index
Extent:xvi, 317 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Identifier:ISBN: 0521414849 (hardback)
ISBN: 9780521414845 (hardback)
Identifier (URI):https://uhmanoa.lib.hawaii.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=1633038
Is Part Of:Studies in the social and cultural foundations of language ; no. 14
Tok Pisin
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press
Spatial Coverage:a-pp---
Papua New Guinea, Gapun
Gapun (Papua New Guinea)
Papua New Guinea
Subject:GN671.N5K85 1992
Code switching (Linguistics)
Language and culture
Linguistic change
Manners and customs
Social change
Tok Pisin language--Grammar
Tok Pisin language--Morphology
Papua New Guinea--Gapun
Subject (LCSH):Ethnology--Papua New Guinea--Gapun
Language and culture--Papua New Guinea--Gapun
Code switching (Linguistics)--Papua New Guinea--Gapun
Gapun (Papua New Guinea)--Social life and customs
Subject (OLAC):anthropological_linguistics
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


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Citation: Kulick, Don. 1992. Studies in the social and cultural foundations of language ; no. 14.
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