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Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction

Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction
Socialization, Self and Syncretism in a Papua New Guinean Village

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Part of Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language

  • Date Published: April 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521599269

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  • Don Kulick's book is an anthropological study of language and cultural change among a small group of people living in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea. He examines why the villagers of Gapun 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 process and on Marshall Sahlins's ideas about structure and event.

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    "An excellent guide to the cultural logic and sociopolitical contradictions of language loss." Language

    "Kulick displays formidable talents as both ethnographer and linguistic investigator." Anthropological Linguistics

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    • Date Published: April 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521599269
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 3 maps 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Papua New Guinea and the study of language shift
    1. Villagers and their village
    2. Language and talk in the village
    3. Having 'hed'
    4. Showing 'save'
    5. Preparing the change
    6. Becoming monolingual
    7. Contextualizing the self
    Conclusion: the process of language shift
    Appendix: On being a ghost.

  • Author

    Don Kulick, Stockholms Universitet

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