Contact induced change in an Oceanic language: the Paluai-Tok Pisin case

Schokkin, Dineke (2017) Contact induced change in an Oceanic language: the Paluai-Tok Pisin case. Journal of Language Contact, 10 (1). 4. pp. 76-97.

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Abstract

Many studies have focused on substrate influence on the creole languages of Melanesia – Tok Pisin, Solomons Pijin and Bislama. The same cannot be said with regard to influence in the opposite direction: contact-induced change occurring in local vernaculars due to pressure from the creole. This paper presents a case study of several instances of structural borrowing and semantic category change in Paluai, an Oceanic language spoken in Papua New Guinea. It is shown that a number of functional elements originating from Tok Pisin are now firmly embedded in Paluai grammar: two verbs, gat and inap, and a conjunction, taim. Moreover, semantic categories are undergoing change and possibly attrition due to many-to-one correspondences. This suggests that it is important to view language contact situations as dynamic and involving two-way processes of change.

Item ID: 47522
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1877-4091
Keywords: creole languages; structural borrowing; language contact
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 01:33
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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