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Type Journal Article - English World-Wide
Title A profile of the Fiji English lexis
Author(s)
Volume 22
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2001
Page numbers 209-245
URL https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jan_Tent/publication/233695758_A_profile_of_the_Fiji_English_le​xis_An_account_of_how_the_lexis_of_Fiji_English_is_being_recorded/links/02e7e5299803cc3e68000000.pdf
Abstract
The vocabulary of Fiji English is one of its most distinguishing features. English has a profound influence upon the lives of all Fiji Islanders—it is the principal language of government, the judiciary, education and commerce. This paper examines some of the sources and features of the Fiji English lexis, the most common of which include: borrowings, reborrowings, calques, new coinages, semantic shifts, archaisms, and hybrid compounds. It also outlines some of the lexical affinities with and divergences from other varieties of English.

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