Mining and language change in the Lihir Islands

Gillespie, Kirsty (2014) Mining and language change in the Lihir Islands. Language and Linguistics in Melanesia, 32 (2). pp. 110-117.

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Gold mining has taken place on the Lihir Islands in Papua New Guinea (PNG) since 1995. Lihir community leaders argue that mining has had a detrimental effect on their indigenous language due to the in-migration of people from other parts of PNG, who speak the PNG official language of Tok Pisin amongst themselves and Lihir people with whom they live and work. This paper presents some preliminary observations on language change in Lihir by examining in-migration and language practices in the Islands, drawing upon interviews with Lihir people. The paper also engages with Lihir song in order to reflect upon language change and possible modes of preservation.

Item ID: 47869
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0023-1959
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Paper was presented as part of the proceedings of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea Conference "Celebrating Tok Pisin & Tok Ples", 17-19 September, 2014 held in Madang, PNG.

Funders: University of Queensland (UQ)
Projects and Grants: UQ Early Career Researcher Grant
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 05:30
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2003 Language Studies > 200320 Pacific Languages @ 60%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950306 Conserving Pacific Peoples Heritage @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage @ 50%
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