Melanesian Pidgin and Tok Pisin

Proceedings of the First International Conference on Pidgins and Creoles in Melanesia

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The First International Conference on Pidgins and Creoles in Melanesia was planned mainly for Tok Pisin, but no predetermined theme(s) had been proposed to the participants. Nevertheless, in this collection of papers several principal themes stand out.One is that of a revived interest in substratology, both for Tok Pisin and for Bislama. Another is what in fact amounts to a change in perspective from universalism, as supposedly competitive with the substratological orientation, towards a generalist approach to typology, which reduces the apparent polarity, from a theoretical point of view. A third is the pervasive interest of contributors in wider language issues in the social and political life of Papua New Guinea.These interests go back to the linguistic and social experience of the participants, most of whom have a long record of living among the people whose languages they have studied on a day-to-day basis, and to the relative remoteness of their inspiration from the more theoretical and perhaps ultimately untestable issues which surround the universalist approach and its claims for a bioprogram foundation for language.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 20]  1990.  xiv, 409 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
John W.M. Verhaar, S.J.
vii
The position of Melanesian Pidgin in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea
Terry Crowley
1
Verb serialization in Tok Pisin and Kalam: A comparative study of temporal packaging
T. Givón
19
Serial verbs and prepositions in Bislama
Terry Crowley
57
From Old Guinea to Papua New Guinea: A comparative study of Nigerian Pidgin and Tok Pisin
Nicholas Faraclas
91
Tok Pisin: Model or special case
Peter Mühlhäusler
171
Change and variation in the use of bai in young children's creolized Tok Pisin in Morobe Province
Suzanne Romaine
187
Code-switching in Gapun: Social and linguistic aspects of language use in a language shifting community
Don Kulick and Christopher Stroud
205
On the origins of the predicate marker in Tok Pisin
Peter Mühlhäusler
235
Taim in Tok Pisin: an interesting variation in use from the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea
Tom Button and R. Michael Bourke
251
Obsolescence in the Tok Pisin vocabulary
Frank Mihalic
263
Idiomatic Tok Pisin and referential adequacy
Geoff Smith
275
Mother tongue and Tok Pisin
Ger P. Reesink
289
Problems in translating from Tok Pisin to Mufian
Bob Conrad
307
On the translation of official notices into Tok Pisin
Karl J. Franklin
323
Linguistic decisions in the Tok Pisin Bible
Norm Mundhenk
345
Tok Pisin: The language of modernization
Robert L. Litteral
375
The future of Tok Pisin: Social, political, and educational dimensions
John Lynch
387
A course in practical Tok Pisin
Dicks R. Thomas
399
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Subjects

Linguistics

Creole studies
Typology
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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