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The Hmong Language in Wisconsin

Language Shift and Pragmatic Change

The Hmong Language in Wisconsin by Susan Meredith Burt
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This work demonstrates the change in how speakers use language to request, thank, and perform other interpersonal verbal tasks in Hmong, an immigrant language now spoken in Wisconsin, Minnesota and California, as well as in its native Laos. Since the changes that have taken place in Hmong follow directly from the language's extended contact with American English, this book illustrates the localized, specific, pragmatic effects of language globalization on a small, displaced language community.
The Edwin Mellen Press; August 2010
287 pages; ISBN 9780773417335
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Title: The Hmong Language in Wisconsin
Author: Susan Meredith Burt