oa Alternation - Mistakes in the Contact Zone

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



All human communication is beset by hazards. In the transfer of messages encoded in the fragile medium of language, there may be 'misses' all along the line: mispronunciations, misprints, misstatements, mistranslations, misreadings, misunderstandings - a never-ending proliferation of mistakes of one kind or another. In contact zones where people communicate across barriers of race, language and culture, not only do mistakes multiply, but they become at the same time more freighted with significance and more potentially dangerous.

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