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The languages of Vanuatu: Unity and diversity

François, Alexandre; Lacrampe, Sebastien; Franjieh, Michael; Schnell, Stefan


With an estimated 138 different indigenous languages, Vanuatu is the country with the highest linguistic density in the world. While they all belong to the Oceanic family, these languages have evolved in three millennia, from what was once a unified dialect network, to the mosaic of different languages that we know today. In this respect, Vanuatu constitutes a valuable laboratory for exploring the ways in which linguistic diversity can emerge out of former unity. This volume represents...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Book


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