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Language contact in North Sulawesi: Preliminary observations.

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posted on 28.03.2022, 23:02 by Timothy BrickellTimothy Brickell
Abstract:
Categorised as a Pidgin Derived Malay (PDM), Manado Malay (MM) is spoken throughout northern Sulawesi and on islands to the south of the southern Philippines. After originally functioning as regional lingua franca, it is now well established as the first language of up to one million people. This paper examines the language-contact situation between MM and two indigenous languages with a long presence in the region. Despite centuries of continued close contact, an examination of a range of typological features reveals minimal shared features, almost none of which have arisen through borrowing. These results corroborate multiple theories relating to language-contact outcomes, in particular the availability of different structural features for borrowing, the likely direction of any transfer, and the effect of both linguistic and non-linguistic factors on the potential for intense bilingualism.

Funding

Research conducted in North Sulawesi was initially supported by a La Trobe University Postraduate Research Scholarship (LTUPS: 2011–2015) and a Disciplinary Research Program (DRP: 2016-1) grant. Subsequent funding was obtained through an Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (IPF #0246) from the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) at SOAS, University of London, as well as from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) Linkage program.

History

Publication Date

31/03/2020

Journal

NUSA: Linguistic studies of languages in and around Indonesia

Volume

68

Issue

1

Pagination

32p. (p. 159-190)

Publisher

Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa. Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

ISSN

2187-7297

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