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Diagnosing Contact Processes from their Outcomes: The Importance of Life Stages

Ross, Malcolm


This paper addresses the questions, Do bilingually induced and shift-induced change have different outcomes? If they do, can these differences assist us in reconstructing the prehistoric past, specifically the linguistic prehistory of the (smallscale neolithic) societies of Melanesia. A key to better interpreting differences in the outputs of contact-induced change is to understand how such change in smallscale societies actually occurs. I argue that it is important to know the life-stage loci...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Language Contact
DOI: 10.1163/19552629-006001002


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