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Consequences of ContactLanguage Ideologies and Sociocultural Transformations in Pacific Societies$
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Miki Makihara and Bambi B. Schieffelin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195324983

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195324983.001.0001

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Cultural Processes and Linguistic Mediations

Cultural Processes and Linguistic Mediations

Pacific Explorations

(p.3) 1 Cultural Processes and Linguistic Mediations
Consequences of Contact

Miki Makihara (Contributor Webpage)

Bambi B. Schieffelin (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that language ideologies and practices mediate consequences of cultural contact over time. Focusing on the Pacific, from Rapa Nui to West Papua, it highlights complex histories and variation of cultural encounters, crossings and re-crossings; cultural and political conditions of linguistic research across different colonial and postcolonial phases; the linguistic diversity of Pacific Island societies, and the social centrality of talk and other verbal practices such as literacy, in them. The chapter emphasizes variation in linguistic and cultural change, debates about modernization, missionization, and language endangerment and revitalization, and suggests strategies for understanding the dynamics of such changes by identifying key agents, institutional sites, and linguistic forms, within a wider historical and global conjuncture.

Keywords:   cultural processes, cultural contact, Rapa Nui, West Papua, Pacific societies, postcolonial, colonial

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