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Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction: Socialization, Self And Syncretism In A Papua New Guinean VillageAuthor: Don Kulick Category: Publisher: Cambridge University Press Published: 28 Apr, 1997 ISBN: 978-0521599269 Pages: 336 Pages Country: Language: English Dimension: File Size:
Don Kulick’s book is an anthropological study of language and cultural change among a small group of people living in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea. He examines why the villagers of Gapun are abandoning their vernacular in favor of Tok Pisin, the most widely spoken language in Papua New Guinea, despite their attachment to their own language as a source of identity and as a tie to their lands. He draws on an examination of village language socialization process and on Marshall Sahlins’s ideas about structure and event.