LINGUIST List 10.1059

Sun Jul 11 1999

Books: Creolization, Lang Change, and Lang Acquisition

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  1. Jud Wolfskill, Creolization, Diachrony, and Development, Ed. M. DeGraff

Message 1: Creolization, Diachrony, and Development, Ed. M. DeGraff

Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1999 12:06:11 -0400
From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
Subject: Creolization, Diachrony, and Development, Ed. M. DeGraff

The following is a book which readers of this list might find of
interest. For more information please visit

Language Creation and Language Change

Creolization, Diachrony, and Development

edited by Michel DeGraff

Research on creolization, language change, and language acquisition has
been converging toward a triangulation of the constraints along which
grammatical systems develop within individual speakers--and (viewed
externally) across generations of speakers. The originality of this
volume is in its comparison of various sorts of language development
from a number of linguistic-theoretic and empirical perspectives, using
data from both speech and gestural modalities and from a diversity of
acquisition environments. In turn, this comparison yields fresh
insights on the mental bases of language creation.

The book is organized into five parts: creolization and acquisition;
acquisition under exceptional circumstances; language processing and
syntactic change; parameter setting in acquisition and through
creolization and language change; and a concluding part integrating the
contributors' observations and proposals into a series of commentaries
on the state of the art in our understanding of language development,
its role in creolization and diachrony, and implications for linguistic

Michel DeGraff is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Learning, Development, and Conceptual Change series


Dany Adone, Derek Bickerton, Adrienne Bruyn, Marie Coppola,
Michel DeGraff, Viviane Deprez, Alison Henry, Judy Kegl, David
Lightfoot, John S. Lumsden, Salikoko S. Mufwene, Pieter Muysken, Elissa
L. Newport, Luigi Rizzi, Ian Roberts, Ann Senghas, Rex A. Sprouse,
Denise Tangney, Anne Vainikka, Barbara S. Vance, Maaike Verrips.

7 x 10, 586 pp., 4 illus., cloth
ISBN 0-262-04168-5


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