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The dynamics of linguistic diversity: Egalitarian multilingualism and power imbalance among northern Vanuatu languages

Francois, Alexandre


The Torres and Banks Islands, two small archipelagos of northern Vanuatu, are home to 9400 inhabitants and to 17 distinct languages. With an average of 550 speakers per language, this region constitutes an extreme case of the linguistic fragmentation which is typically observed throughout Melanesia. This study presents the linguistic diversity of that area, examines its social underpinnings and outlines its historical dynamics. These islands form an integrated network where a variety of social...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of the sociology of language
DOI: 10.1515/ijsl-2012-0022


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