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Title: Pacific Pidgins and Creoles
Subtitle: Origins, Growth and development
Written By: Darrell T Tryon
Jean-Michel Charpenter
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110169983-1&l=E
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 132
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Pacific Pidgins and Creoles discusses the complex and fascinating history of English-based pidgins in the Pacific, especially the three closely related Melanesian pidgins: Tok Pisin, Pijin, and Bislama. The book details the central role of the port of Sydney and the linguistic synergies between
Australia and the Pacific islands in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the role of Pacific islander plantation labor overseas, and the differentiation which has taken place in the pidgins spoken in the
Melanesian island states in the 20th century. It also looks at the future of Pacific pidgins at a time of increasing vernacular language endangerment.

Darrell T. Tryon is Professor at the Australian National University, Australia.

Jean-Michel Charpentier researches at the LACITO (Laboratoire de Langues et
Civilisations à Tradition Orale), CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique), Paris, France.

Date of Publication: 7/2004

From the Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Present-day Pacific Pidgins
Chapter 3: Previous theories of pidgin development
Chapter 4: Early days: History of the contacts 1788-1863
Chapter 5: The beginnings: The language situation 1788-1863
Chapter 6: The plantations: History of contacts 1863-1906
Chapter 7: Jargon to pidgin: The language situation 1863-1906
Chapter 8: Colonial days: History of contacts 1906- 975
Chapter 9: Differentiation: The language situation 1906-1975
Chapter 10: Today’s world: 1975 to the present


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Publication Year: 2004
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Bislama
Tok Pisin
Pijin
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