A profile of the Fiji English lexis

Jan Tent*

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)209-245
    Number of pages37
    JournalEnglish World-Wide
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


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