On languages on islands

Joshua Nash*, Peter Bakker, Kristoffer Friis Bøegh, Aymeric Daval-Markussen, Hartmut Haberland, Dale Kedwards, John Ladhams, Carsten Levisen, Jón Símon Markússon, Joost Roger Robbe, Jeroen Willemsen

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Abstract

Islands as specific research sites in their own right have been given little direct attention by linguists. The physical segregation, distinctness, and isolation of islands from mainland and continental environments may provide scholars of language with distinct and robust sets of singular and combined case studies for examining the role of islandness in any appreciation of language. Whether distinct and particular sociolinguistic and typological phenomena can be attributable to islands and their islandness and vice versa remains unexplored. This position article considers the possibility of there being anything particular and peculiar about languages spoken on islands as compared to languages spoken on mainlands and continents. It arose out of a workshop titled ‘Exploring island languages’ held at Aarhus University, Denmark on 30 April 2018. The main question posed was: Is there anything special socially, linguistically, grammatically, and typologically about the languages of islands? If so, is it possible to talk about such a thing as an island language?
Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Linguistica Hafniensia: International Journal of Linguistics
Volume52
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)81-116
ISSN0374-0463
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventExploring Island Languages - Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 30 Apr 2018 → …

Conference

ConferenceExploring Island Languages
LocationAarhus Institute of Advanced Studies
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityAarhus
Period30/04/2018 → …

Bibliographical note

Important note from the Publisher regarding the attached version of the article: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Acta Linguistica Hafniensia on 27 Mar 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03740463.2020.1736747.”

Keywords

  • Creoles
  • frames of spatial reference
  • island languages
  • linguistic isolates
  • sociolinguistics

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