Language Change and Language Contact in Pidgins and Creoles

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  • Editor: John McWhorter1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2000
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027299482

This book collects a selection of fifteen papers presented at three meetings of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics in 1996 and 1997. The focus is on papers which approach issues in creole studies with novel perspectives, address understudied pidgin and creole varieties, or compellingly argue for controversial positions. The papers demonstrate how pidgins and creoles shed light on issues such as verb movement, contact-induced language change and its gradations, discourse management via tense-aspect particles, language genesis, substratal transfer, and Universal Grammar, and cover a wide range of contact languages, ranging from English- and French-based creoles through Portuguese creoles of Africa and Asia, Sango, Popular Brazilian Portuguese, West African Pidgin Englishes, and Hawaiian Creole English.<br />

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

  • Affiliations: 1: University of California, Berkeley

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