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On languages on islands

In a position paper in the Danish journal Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, AIAS Former Fellow Joshua Nash, Peter Bakker of Aarhus University Linguistics, and nine other authors discuss the possibility of island languages.

2020.04.02 | Lena Bering

Photo: Pitcairn Island arrival. Credit: Joshua Nash.

This major article entitled ‘On languages on islands’ is the outcome of an AIAS workshop entitled ‘Exploring island languages’ (April 2018) organised by AIAS Former Fellows Joshua Nash from Linguistics, University of New England, Armidale, Australia and Associate Professor Peter Bakker, Linguistics, Aarhus University. The main question posed was: Is there anything special socially, linguistically, grammatically, and typologically about the languages of islands? If so, is it realistic to talk about such a thing as an island language? 

The research paper advances thinking in the areas of linguistic typology, language contact studies, language ecology, language and geography, studies of space and language, and island studies. It considers the possibility of there being anything particular and peculiar about languages spoken on islands as compared to languages spoken on mainlands and continents.

For more details, read the full scientific article

‘On languages on islands’ by Joshua Nash, Peter Bakker, Kristoffer Friis Bøegh, Aymeric Daval-Markussen, Hartmut Haberland, Dale Kedwards John Ladhams, Carsten Levisen, Jón Símon Markússon, Joost Robbe and Jeroen Willemsen in: Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, 27 March 2020. 



Joshua Nash, Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow
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Email: jnash7@une.edu.au

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
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