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Wed Aug 27 2003

Books: Historical/Socioling, Gbe: Migge

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  1. paul, Creole Formation as Language Contact: Migge

Message 1: Creole Formation as Language Contact: Migge

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 16:07:32 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Creole Formation as Language Contact: Migge

Title: Creole Formation as Language Contact
Subtitle: The case of the Suriname Creoles
Series Title: Creole Language Library 25
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
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Author: Bettina Migge, University of Frankfurt am Main 

Hardback: ISBN: 9027252475, Pages: xii, 151 pp., Price: EUR 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1588113973, Pages: xii, 151 pp., Price: USD 85.00

The research on the formation of (radical) creoles has seen an
unprecedented intensification and diversification in the last 20
years. This book discusses, illustrates, and evaluates current
research on creole formation based on an in-depth investigation of the
processes and mechanisms that contributed to the emergence of the
morphosyntactic system of the creoles of Suriname. The study draws on
a rich corpus of a) natural conversational and elicited synchronic
linguistic data from the Eastern Maroon Creole (EMC) and its main
African substrate language, Gbe, b) published diachronic data from the
EMC's sister-language Sranan Tongo, and c) information on the early
history of Suriname coming from socio-historical investigations. It
suggests that mechanisms of deliberate and contact-induced change also
involved in borrowing and particularly shift situations led to the
initial formation of the creoles of Suriname while language-internal
change played a role in their subsequent development. 

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix 
List of Abbreviations xi 
1. Introduction 1-8 
2. Current research on creole formation 9-26 
3. The context of creole formation in Suriname 27-35 
4. The European input 37-52 
5. The African input: lexical retention 53-78 
6. The African input: structural retention 79-106 
7. Language-internal change 107-120 
8. Conclusion and implications 121-129 
Notes 130-134 
References 135-145 
Index of subjects 147 
Index of names 148-149

Lingfield(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Gbe (Language Code: EWE)
		 Sranan Tongo (Language Code: SRN)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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