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Title: Tok Pisin Texts
Subtitle: From the beginning to the present
Edited By: Peter Mühlhäusler
Tom E. Dutton
Suzanne Romaine
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World T9

Tok Pisin is one of the most important languages of Melanesia and is used in a wide range of public and private functions in Papua New Guinea. The language has featured prominently in Pidgin and Creole linguistics and has featured in a number of debates in theoretical linguistics. With their extensive fieldwork experience and vast knowledge of the archives relating to Papua New Guinea, Peter Mühlhäusler, Thomas E. Dutton and Suzanne Romaine compiled this Tok Pisin text collection. It brings together representative samples of the largest Pidgin language of the Pacific area. These texts represent about 150 years of development of this language and will be an invaluable resource for researchers, language policy makers and individuals interested in the history of Papua New Guinea.

Table of contents

Sociohistorical and grammatical aspects of Tok Pisin
Peter Mühlhäusler 1
I. From early contacts and Gut Taim Bilong Siaman: (the Good Old Days of the German Administration) 35
II. Indigenous voices 1920–1945 57
III. The use of Tok Pisin by missions and government 65
IV. Indigenous voices 1950–1970 79
V. Traditional indigenous voices 1970 to the present 87
VI. Translations of foreign voices 151
VII. Urban Tok Pisin and the influence of English 181
VIII. New written genres 213
IX. Creolized varieties of Tok Pisin 267
Bibliography 281

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Language Family(ies): New English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114562
ISBN-13: 9781588114563
Pages: x, 286 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 155
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027247188
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: x, 286 pp.
Prices: EUR 115.00