Pidgins and Creoles beyond Africa-Europe Encounters

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  • Editors: Isabelle Buchstaller1, Anders Holmberg2, and Mohammad Almoaily3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027270764

Most of what we know about pidgin and creole languages is the result of research into contact languages that developed as a consequence of European expansion into Africa and the Caribbean. The narrow focus on European lexifier and West African substrate languages has resulted in insufficient investigation of other contact varieties. Even more perniciously, lesser known and often under-described contact languages have not been taken into consideration when formulating supposedly general tendencies about the linguistic properties of contact languages. This volume aims to give a platform to research on the history, genesis, and typology of a number of non-European language-based contact languages. A more encompassing and diverse data-base will contribute to more accurate and comprehensive inventories of the typological features of contact languages.

Subjects: Contact Linguistics; Creole studies; Theoretical linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Leipzig University; 2: Newcastle University; 3: King Faisal University

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