History, Society and Variation

In honor of Albert Valdman

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  • Editors: J. Clancy Clements1, Thomas A. Klingler2, Deborah Piston-Hatlen3, and Kevin J. Rottet3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2006
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027293527

This volume presents a collection of new articles by sixteen specialists in the field of pidgin and creole studies, assembled in honor of the world-renowned creolist, Albert Valdman. The articles, written from a variety of theoretical perspectives, are organized thematically in three sections: on the history of specific pidgins or creoles (including Louisiana Creole and Haitian Creole); on the sociohistorical settings that gave rise to these contact languages and issues affecting their future development; and on issues of linguistic variation and change. In keeping with Valdman’s own primary interests, the French-based creoles receive the most attention, including both those of the Atlantic zone and those of the Indian Ocean, but the volume also presents significant scholarship on English- and Portuguese-based varieties.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; Contact Linguistics; Creole studies; Historical linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of New Mexico; 2: Tulane University; 3: Indiana University

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