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Language Contact Around the Globe

Proceedings of the LCTG3 Conference


Edited By Amei Koll-Stobbe and Sebastian Knospe

The fifth volume in the series Language Competence and Language Awareness in Europe unites a collection of peer-reviewed papers delivered at the Third Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization (LCTG3) at the University of Greifswald in 2011. The papers are arranged in five thematic sections: Part I studies lexical and grammatical borrowing and pseudo-loans. Part II looks at code-switching and language intertwining in different contexts, while Part III is concerned with the power, political backup and use of different languages in multilingual settings. This is followed by Part IV which comprises three articles on the Linguistic Landscapes of different urban areas. Finally, Part V focuses on language choices in literature and institutional settings.
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Edward Gillian (Panstowa Wysza Szkola Zawodowa, Gorzow Wielkopolski): Light Warlpiri: an examination of some of the linguistic and non-linguistic developmental influences on this language


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Light Warlpiri: an examination of some of the linguistic and non-linguistic developmental influences on this language

Edward Gillian


Light Warlpiri is an Australian Aboriginal language that has developed from the contact with English in the Warlpiri communities amongst the younger generations. This language has developed in a number of unique ways due to linguistic and non-linguistic influences. A brief historical background of Light Warlpiri will be presented. The base languages for Light Warlpiri and their respective influences on this language in terms of some of the verb/verbal phrase semantic-syntactic relationships and phonology will be outlined. Then, the phonology and its use in the community will be considered. Then, some of the differences between Light Warlpiri and traditional Warlpiri will be examined. Finally, non-linguistic influences and their possible impacts on Light Warlpiri in terms of new media, otitis media, and the Northern Territory Government’s new education policy for bilingual education will be presented.

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