Canberra: Australian National University, 1985. Original wraps. Octavo (237 x 174 pp.) xxviii, 407 pp., ill., maps, pictorial card wrappers. Very good, spotting on edges, foxing on eps and internal covers, spine sunned, 1cm tear in foredege of front wrapper, now protected by plastic cover. Very good. Item #657
Languages for Intercultural Communication in the Pacific Area Project of the Australian Academy of Humanities, Publication No. 2. Pacific Linguistics Series D - No. 67
"Tok Pisin is one of the two major lingue franche of Papua New Guinea. It has at present close to two million speakers and their number is still increasing...Tok Pisin is a pidgin language whose vocabulary is derived from, but by no means identical with, English to the extent of 75-80%, with 15-20 % based on indigenous languages, but mainly Tolai of northern New Britain, and 5% on other languages, predominantly German. Its structure is in many ways un-English and is patterned on that of the Austronesian languages of the South-Western Pacific." (Foreword).