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Cocos Malay language since integration with Australia

Welsh, Alistair 2015, Cocos Malay language since integration with Australia, Shima: the international journal of research into island cultures, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 53-68.

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Title Cocos Malay language since integration with Australia
Author(s) Welsh, AlistairORCID iD for Welsh, Alistair orcid.org/0000-0002-4238-1636
Journal name Shima: the international journal of research into island cultures
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 53
End page 68
Total pages 16
Publisher Macquarie University
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2015-04
ISSN 1834-6057
Keyword(s) Cocos Malay
linguistic imperialism
language extinction
language convergence
Summary The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are a remote Australian territory in the Indian Ocean and arehome to the Cocos Malay people, who have developed a distinct dialect. It waspredicted over 30 years ago that the Cocos Malay language faced extinction, perhapseven within the timeframe of one generation. Two possible threats to the Cocos Malaylanguage were identified. It was felt that English, as the language of power, may replacethe Cocos Malay language. The other possibility was language convergence, whereCocos Malay would be subsumed by another, larger Malay dialect. With these issues inmind, I explore developments in the Cocos Malay language since the Islands’ fullintegration with Australia in 1984. Drawing from extensive ethnographic work andlinguistic research into Cocos Malay I also refer to the work of other researchers toanalyse how the Cocos Malay language has developed over the past 30 years, in a timeof great social change. I argue that integration with Australia and attempts atassimilation have resulted in social dynamics where Cocos Malay language remains adefining marker of Cocos Malay identity positioning. In this social environment, CocosMalay therefore remains viable and, despite language change, does not face immediateextinction.
Language eng
Field of Research 200405 Language In Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
200406 Language In Time and Space (incl Historical Linguistics, Dialectology)
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Macquarie University
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Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution noncommercial no derivatives licence
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