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

Miki Makihara, Bambi B. Schieffelin

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    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 irrevocably transforming language ideologies, reflexive sensibilities about languages, and language use and practices. Drawing on ethnographic, historical, and linguistic analyses, this volume examines situations of intertwined linguistic and cultural change unfolding in specific Pacific locations in the 20th and early 21st centuries. Its overarching concern is with the multiple ways that processes of historical change have shaped and been shaped by linguistic ideologies held by Pacific peoples and other agents of change. The chapters demonstrate that language and linguistic practices are linked to changing consciousness of self and community, through notions of agency, identity, morality, affect, authority, and authenticity.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages244
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199869398
    ISBN (Print)9780195324983
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


    • Linguistic diversity
    • Melanesia
    • Pacific communities
    • Polynesia
    • Polynesia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities


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