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LINGUIST List 20.1590

Fri Apr 24 2009

Books: Socioling/Syntax/Semantics: Bickerton

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Dynamics of a Creole System: Bickerton

Message 1: Dynamics of a Creole System: Bickerton
Date: 23-Apr-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Dynamics of a Creole System: Bickerton
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Title: Dynamics of a Creole System
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Derek Bickerton
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521110150 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 17.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521110150 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 32.99
Abstract:

In this volume the author describes and systematically accounts for
language variation in a Creole-speaking community and assesses the
implications the study has on generally accepted notions of the nature of
language. Based on an extensive study of Guyana, South America, the volume
analyses the bewildering diversity found in the syntax and underlying
semantics of tense and aspect of the language of that country and shows
that data which at first sight appear merely chaotic in fact represent
different developmental stages of the language existing side by side in the
contemporary community. The volume also offers strong support for theories
of Creole origins of 'Black English' in the United States. It should be of
interest not only to those linguists involved in Creole and pidgin studies
but also to anyone concerned with general linguistic theory.

Acknowledgements;
1. Problems in the description of creole systems;
2. The basilectal verb-phrase;
3. From basilect to mesolect;
4. From mesolect to acrolect;
5. Implications for linguistic theory;
Appendices 1-3;
Bibliography;
Index.


Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Sociolinguistics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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