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Consequences of Contact: Language Ideologies and Sociocultural Transformations in Pacific Societies

Miki Makihara and Bambi B. Schieffelin


The Pacific is historically an area of enormous linguistic diversity, where talk figures as a central component of social life. Pacific communities, from Polynesia to Melanesia, also represent diverse contact zones—between indigenous and introduced institutions and ideas, between local actors and outsiders; and involving different lingua francas and colonial and local language varieties. Contact between colonial and post-colonial governments, religious institutions (including Christian missions), and indigenous communities has spurred profound social and linguistic change, simultaneously and i ... More

Keywords: linguistic diversity, pacific communities, Polynesia, Melanesia, Polynesia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195324983
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195324983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miki Makihara, editor
Queens College
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Bambi B. Schieffelin, editor
New York University
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