Series 587 - Tok Pisin publications on the New Guinean dialect of English

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Tok Pisin publications on the New Guinean dialect of English


  • 1955 - 1973 (Creation)

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0.4m (2 type 1 boxes)

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Dr. Andras Balint was a linguist based at the University of Papua New Guinea from 1965-1973, with an ongoing interest in ‘the emerging New Guinean dialect of English’, or Tok Pisin. He promoted the use of Tok Pisin in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea and amassed an extensive collection of Tok Pisin publications, mainly published by the Territory of Papua and New Guinea government and various missionary presses.

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Eighty five publications by various Tok Pisin authors. Includes publications on agriculture, health, education and literacy, government, religious texts, children’s books, grammars and phrase books, etc. Also some publications in local indigenous languages (Tok Ples) such as Fore and Atzera, some English publications concerning Tok Pisin, and one short typescript manuscript in Tok Pisin on an account of a first time visit to Port Moresby.


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  • Tok Pisin

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Microfilmed by the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, reference PMB Doc 536

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Created by Christine Bryan on 18 December 2014



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