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Books: Pidgins & Creoles, Cape Verde: Baptista

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  1. paul, The Syntax of Cape Verdean Creole: Baptista

Message 1: The Syntax of Cape Verdean Creole: Baptista

Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2003 13:55:56 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: The Syntax of Cape Verdean Creole: Baptista

Title: The Syntax of Cape Verdean Creole
Subtitle: The Sotavento varieties
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 54
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Author: Marlyse Baptista, University of Georgia 

Hardback: ISBN: 158811290X, Pages: xxii, 294 pp., Price: USD 110.00
Comment: Includes CD-rom
Hardback: ISBN: 9027227756, Pages: xxii, 294 pp., Price: EUR 110.00
Comment: Includes CD-rom

This book offers an in-depth treatment of a variety of
morpho-syntactic issues in Cape Verdean Creole (CVC) both from a
descriptive and theoretical perspective. The investigated topics
include the determiner system, Tense, Mood, Aspect markers and
pronominal paradigms. The study of TMA markers reveals
morpho-syntactic configurations with interesting ramifications for
syntactic theory and parametric variation. This book targets
creolists, theoretical linguists, and the Cape Verdean
community. Given the diversified targeted audience, the descriptive
chapters are purposefully kept separate from their theoretical
counterparts, presenting issues that are later revisited in the
Minimalist framework. The data used in this study are primarily drawn
from 83 transcribed interviews from a pool of 187 speakers. The
interviews were collected during fieldwork conducted in 1997, 2000 and
2001 in the Cape Verdean Sotavento (leeward) islands representing the
more basilectal varieties of the creole. As all natural languages, CVC
displays syntactic similarities and differences with other creoles and
noncreoles. Hence, in the spirit of comparative syntax, this volume
compares CVC to other creoles like Guinea-Bissau Creole and to
noncreoles like Portuguese, French, Icelandic and Italian dialects.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xiii-xiv 
Abbreviations xv-xvi 
Maps xvii-xxi 
Introduction 1-11 
Cape Verdean Creole: A sociohistorical sketch 13-21 
The Cape Verdean NP 23-74 
The VP and other constituents 75-138 
Cape Verdean Creole syntactic patterns 139-157 
Cape Verdean Creole functional categories and clause structure 159-167
The verbal syntax of Cape Verdean Creole 169-211 
The syntax of pronominals 213-267 
Appendix: The ALUPEC 269 
References 271-284 
Index 285-289 
The CD: System requirements 291

Lingfield(s): Generative Linguistics (Syntax)
		Pidgins & Creoles (Sociolinguistics)
Subject Language(s): Cape Verdean Creole

Areal Regions: African

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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