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LINGUIST List 24.4525

Wed Nov 13 2013

Diss: Qaqet, Sociolinguistics: Marley: 'Language Use amongst the Qaqet Baining ...'

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 13-Nov-2013
From: Alexandra Marley <sasha.marleygmail.com>
Subject: Language Use amongst the Qaqet Baining: A sociolinguistic study of language choices in an ethnolinguistic minority in Papua New Guinea
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Institution: La Trobe University
Program: Centre for Research on Language Diversity
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2013

Author: Alexandra Marley

Dissertation Title: Language Use amongst the Qaqet Baining: A sociolinguistic study of language choices in an ethnolinguistic minority in Papua New Guinea

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Qaqet (byx)

Dissertation Director:
Birgit Hellwig
Schembri Adam
Stebbins Tonya

Dissertation Abstract:

Set within a sociolinguistic framework, this empirical study of language
choice of the Qaqet Baining of East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, is the
first of its kind on a Baining community. The project provides a starting
point for future sociolinguistic inquiry into Baining languages and
contributes to scholarly discussion on language shift and maintenance in
autochthonous ethnolinguistic minority communities.

Following a six week field trip into the region to conduct a series of
sociolinguistic surveys into language use, the findings are presented
through a framework of key sociolinguistic theories (namely, Ethnography of
Communication and Language Ideologies). A qualitative evaluation of the
data gathered revealed clear rules surrounding language choice, as well as
a number of principles governing these rules. With reference to similar
case studies, the thesis will be concluded with a discussion on possible
future trajectories of the Qaqet Baining language and the Qaqet Baining
community.



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