Noun Phrases in Creole Languages

A multi-faceted approach

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  • Editors: Marlyse Baptista1, and Jacqueline Guéron2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027291820

This volume offers a thorough examination of the syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and discourse properties of noun phrases in a wide variety of creole (and non-creole) languages including Cape Verdean Creole, Santome, Papiamentu, Guinea-Bissau Creole, Mindanao Chabacano, Réunionnais Creole, Lesser Antillean, Haitian Creole, Mauritian Creole, Seychellois, Sranan, Jamaican Creole, Berbice Dutch Creole and African American English. Comparative studies also consider the determiner systems of Middle and Modern French, European Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Ewe, Fon and Gun. This compilation of 16 chapters brings together descriptive, theoretical, diachronic and synchronic studies that focus on the structure and interpretation of bare nouns in creoles. The contributions demonstrate the variety and complex nature of determiner systems in creoles and their widespread use of bare nouns in comparison to their source languages. This volume is evidence of the relevance of creole languages to theories of language creation, language change and linguistic theory in general.<b> </b>

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

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Georgia, Athens; 2: University of Paris III

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