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By Peter Muhlhausler

during this e-book, the writer examines the transformation of the Pacific language quarter lower than the impression of colonization, westernization and modernization. by way of targeting the linguistic and socio-historical adjustments of the prior two hundred years, it goals to deliver a brand new size to the examine of Pacific linguistics, which up in the past has been ruled via questions of old reconstruction and language typology. unlike the normal portrayal of linguistic switch as a ordinary procedure, the writer makes a speciality of the cultural and historic forces which force language switch. utilizing the metaphor of language ecology to provide an explanation for and describe the complicated interaction among languages, audio system and social perform, the writer seems to be at how language ecologies have functioned long ago to maintain language variety, and, at what occurs whilst these ecologies are disrupted. when lots of the examples utilized in the booklet are taken from the Pacific and Australian sector, the insights derived from this zone are proven to have worldwide purposes. The textual content might be important for linguists and all these attracted to the big scale lack of human language.

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