Indications of language shift from a public face of a Samoan speech community

Tualaulelei, Eseta Magaui (2008) Indications of language shift from a public face of a Samoan speech community. New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics, 14 (1). pp. 53-70. ISSN 1173-5562


This article presents a quantitative study of code-switching in broadcast discourse from Radio Samoa, an Auckland-based radio station. A corpus was created with
transcriptions from over five hours of interactive broadcasting. The Radio Samoa corpus was then analysed with a scheme based on Muysken’s (2001, p.10) typology of code-switching and Clyne’s (2003) transference framework. Integrated lexical insertions were the most common type of code-mixing in the corpus, and there were relatively few instances of alternation and congruent lexicalisation. More detailed analysis of the integrated lexical insertions found indications of language shift typical of community languages in contact with English, such as a high degree of lexical transference and semantic expansion. Three aspects of linguistic integration are discussed and a focus on the articulation of place names illustrates details of how the process of integration works in the Samoan language. The study concludes that the language of the Radio Samoa speech community does not show significant signs of language shift, but there are definite indications of language contact.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 00:30
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 01:45
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200320 Pacific Languages

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