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ERIC Number: EJ587905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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ISSN: ISSN-0097-8507
The Grammaticalization of the Proximative in Tok Pisin.
Romaine, Suzanne
Language, v75 n2 p322-46 Jun 1999
Discusses grammaticalization of "laik" in Tok Pisin, meaning "want/like/desire" (from English "like") and "klostu," meaning "near" (from English "close to") as markers of proximative. Shows although "klostu" was more generally a feature of Pacific Pidgin English and began to grammaticalize in mid-19th century, is now in competition with "laik," a development specific to 20th-century Tok Pisin, a pidgin/creole language spoken in Papua New Guinea. (Author/VWL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Papua New Guinea