The Morphosyntax of Reiteration in Creole and Non-Creole Languages

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  • Editors: Enoch O. Aboh1, Norval Smith1, and Anne Zribi-Hertz2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027274557

This is a new contribution to a theory of <i>reiteration</i> in natural languages, with a special focus on creoles. <i>Reiteration</i> is meant to denote any situation where the same form occurs (at least) twice within the boundaries of some linguistic domain. By including two case studies bearing on Hebrew and Breton alongside five chapters on creole languages (Surinam creole, Haitian, Mauritian, São Tomé and Pitchi), this volume brings counter-evidence to the claim that reiteration phenomena are particularly typical of creoles. And by exploring the syntax of reiteration alongside its morphology, the authors are led to challenge the 'iconic' theory of 'reduplication' proposed in several other studies of similar phenomena. This volume will be relevant for creole studies, but also for readers more generally interested in language universals and the architecture of grammars.

Subjects: Contact Linguistics; Creole studies; Syntax; Morphology; Theoretical linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Amsterdam; 2: University of Paris 8

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