Social ecology and language history in the northern Vanuatu linkage: A tale of divergence and convergence
This study describes and explains the paradox of related languages in contact that show signs of both linguistic divergence and convergence. Seventeen distinct languages are spoken in the northernmost islands of Vanuatu. These closely related Oceanic languages have evolved from an earlier dialect network, by progressive diversification. Innovations affecting word forms � mostly sound change and lexical replacement � have usually spread only short distances across the network; their accumulation...[Show more]
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