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The influence of German on the lexicon of Tok Pisin

  • In the lexicon of pidgin and creole languages we can see an important part of these languages’ history of origin and of language contact. The current paper deals with the lexical sources of Tok Pisin and, more specifically, with words of German origin found in this language. During the period of German colonial domination of New Guinea and a number of insular territories in the Pacific (ca. 1885–1915), German words entered the emerging Tok Pisin lexicon. Based on a broad range of lexical and lexicographic data from the early 20th century up until today, we investigate the actual or presumed German origin of a number of Tok Pisin words and trace different lexical processes of integration that are linked to various, often though not always colonially determined, contact settings and sociocultural interactions.

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Author:Stefan EngelbergORCiDGND, Doris Stolberg
Parent Title (English):Language & [and] Linguistics in Melanesia. Journal of the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea
Publisher:University of Papua New Guinea
Place of publication:Boroko
Editor:Péter Maitz, Craig A. Volker
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2017
Date of Publication (online):2018/01/09
Tag:Pacific; colonialism; language contact; lexicography; multiple etymologies
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Kolonialismus; Lehnwort; Lexikographie; Pazifischer Ozean <Süd>; Sprachkontakt
Issue:Special issue 2017
First Page:27
Last Page:64
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
BDSL-Classification:Lexikographie, Wörterbücher
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Program areas:Lexik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International