Sociological factors in Reefs-Santa Cruz language vitality: a 40 year retrospective

Date:
2012
Part Of Series:
International Journal of the Sociology of Language, No. 214
Extent:
pages 111-152
Abstract:
This article looks back over 40 years of language and culture change in the region of the Solomon Islands where the four Reefs-Santa Cruz (RSC) languages are spoken. Taking the works of Davenport and Wurm as a starting point, we list specific linguistic changes we have identified and discuss the sociological factors which have both promoted and undermined the vitality of these languages. We then determine the level of vitality for each language through the recently proposed Extended Graded Intergenerational Disruption Scale — EGIDS (Lewis and Simons 2010), and based on our results for the RSC languages, we provide a short evaluation of the usefulness of EGIDS for prioritizing language documentation efforts.
Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Solomon Islands
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Subject:
Reefs-Santa Cruz languages
language vitality
Language documentation
EGIDS
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Entry Number:
51483