Language, Education, and Development

Language, Education, and Development : Urban and Rural Tok Pisin in Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea's struggle for development is intimately bound up with the history of Tok Pisin, an English-based pidgin which is the product of nineteenth-century colonialism in the Pacific. The language has since become the most important lingua franca in the region, being spoken by more than a million people in a highly multilingual society. Suzanne Romaine examines some of the changes that are taking place in Tok Pisin as it becomes the native language of the
younger generation of rural and urban speakers. These linguistic processes, which are by no means complete, have to be understood in the socio-historical context of colonial expansion and strategies for socio-economic development in the post-colonial era.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 162 x 242 x 28mm | 790g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • line figures, tables
  • 0198239661
  • 9780198239666

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Papua New Guinea's struggle for development is intimately bound up with the history of Tok Pisin, an English-based pidgin which is the product of nineteenth-century colonialism in the Pacific. The language has since become the most important lingua franca in the region, being spoken by more than a million people in a highly multilingual society. Suzanne Romaine examines some of the changes that are taking place in Tok Pisin as it becomes the native language of the younger generation of rural and urban speakers. These linguistic processes, which are by no means complete, have to be understood in the socio-historical context of colonial expansion and strategies for socio-economic development in the post-colonial era.
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Table of contents

Historical development of Tok Pisin; language, education and development - from pre-colonial days to post-colonial society; methods; lexical expansion, borrowing and change; phonological expansion in a developing Pidgin/Creole; morphological variation and change; syntactic change; Tok Pisin i go we? (where is Tok Pisin going?).
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