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Title: Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction: Socialization, Self and Syncretism in a Papua New Guinea Village
Written By: Don Kulick

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.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Tok Pisin
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