Language Shift And Cultural Reproduction: Socialization, Self And Syncretism In A Papua New Guinean VillageLanguage Shift And Cultural Reproduction: Socialization, Self And Syncretism In A Papua New Guinean Village

Language Shift And Cultural Reproduction: Socialization, Self And Syncretism In A Papua New Guinean…

Paperback | April 28, 1997

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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.
Title:Language Shift And Cultural Reproduction: Socialization, Self And Syncretism In A Papua New Guinean…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:335 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.94 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.94 inPublished:April 28, 1997Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521599261

ISBN - 13:9780521599269

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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. Cotextualizing the self; Conclusion: the process of language shift; Appendix: On being a ghost.

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