Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0920-9034
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9870
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This paper discusses internally-motivated change as a largely ignored factor in understanding diachrony in creole languages: that is, externally-motivated models — and the most popular of these is certainly decreolization and the related concept of the creole continuum — have been nearly exclusively relied upon by creolists to explain phenomena associated with language variation and change in creole-speaking communities, particularly among the Atlantic English-derived creoles. This paper presents one alternative to viewing variation data derived from creole speakers as solely a function of decreolization. It raises issues associated with (and explores alternatives to) that singular view of diachrony.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Creoles , Decreolization , External Change , Internal Change , Language Change , Speech Communities and Variation
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