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Form selection in contact languages

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Abstract

It is commonly assumed that during pidginization and creolization, morphosyntactic complexity of the lexifier languages is significantly reduced such that the number of affixes, clitic forms, and unstressed function words decreases substantially. In this study, I appeal to the frequency of use of forms in discourse and the detectability of forms as predictors regarding which forms are selected and incorporated into the grammars of a representative sample of Portuguese- and Spanish-based creoles.

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