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Thu Aug 5 2004

Books: Sociolinguistics: Hackert

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  1. paul, Urban Bahamian Creole: Hackert

Message 1: Urban Bahamian Creole: Hackert

Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 14:18:03 -0400 (EDT)
From: paul <>
Subject: Urban Bahamian Creole: Hackert

Title: Urban Bahamian Creole
Subtitle: System and variation
Series Title: Varieties of English Around the World G32

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	John Benjamins

Book URL:

Author: Stephanie Hackert, University of Regensburg

Hardback: ISBN: 9027248923, Pages: xiv, 256 pp., Price: EURO 105.00


This volume, a detailed empirical study of the creole English spoken
in the Bahamian capital, Nassau, contributes to our understanding of
both urban creoles and tense-aspect marking in creoles. The first part
traces the development of a creole in the Bahamas via
socio-demographic data and outlines its current status and functions
vis-�-vis the standard in politics, the media, and education. The
linguistic chapters combine typological and variationist methods to
describe exhaustively a comprehensive grammatical subsystem, past
temporal reference, offering a discourse-based approach to such
controversial categories as the preverbal past marker.The quantitative
analysis of variable past inflection, finally, tests not only
well-known constraints, such as stativity or social class, but also
ethnographically determined ones, such as narrative type. Its results
are relevant not only to the study of Caribbean English-lexifier
creoles and related varieties, such as African American English, but
also to variation and change in urban dialects generally.

Lingfield(s):	Dialectology
		Pidgins & Creoles

Subject Language: Bahamian Creole English (Language Code: BAH)
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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