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LINGUIST List 21.1175

Tue Mar 09 2010

Books: General Linguistics: Prescod

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, A grammatical description of the Noun Phrase in the English-lexicon Creole of St Vincent and the Grenadines: Prescod

Message 1: A grammatical description of the Noun Phrase in the English-lexicon Creole of St Vincent and the Grenadines: Prescod
Date: 07-Mar-2010
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: A grammatical description of the Noun Phrase in the English-lexicon Creole of St Vincent and the Grenadines: Prescod
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Title: A grammatical description of the Noun Phrase in the
English-lexicon Creole of St Vincent and the Grenadines
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Pidgin and Creole Linguistics 10
Published: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Paula Prescod
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895864353 Pages: 308 Price: Europe EURO 72.00

This study proposes a grammatical description of the noun phrase (NP) of
the English-lexicon Creole of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (VinC). VinC,
which coexists with its superstrate, is at present linguistically
unaccounted for. As a result, prior to the syntactic analysis, we reflect
on the process of creolisation that could account for the origin of VinC,
based on historical documents. We then provide a phonological analysis,
which gives a concise idea of the phonemic and accentual features of VinC.
The alphabet recommended, is intended to render the transcription of the
examples provided in the study conform to the phonological nature of the
creole. The grammatical description itself, covered in three chapters,
hinges on the functionalist and structuralist frameworks, as it seeks to
describe the syntactic relations existing between the constituents of the
NP. Firstly, we study the features of the head of the NP, i.e. the noun and
its substitutes.

The author then analyses the left expansions of nouns, i.e. determiners as
well as modifiers. The penultimate chapter offers a unified analysis of the
post-modifiers of the VinC NP, i.e. relative clauses, complementizer
clauses, prepositional clauses and noun complements. The final chapter
focuses on the concept of reference and how it influences the choice of
definite and indefinite determiners. Here, we advocate an analysis based on
the theory of familiarity and degree of identification from the hearer's
point of view that could account for definiteness and specificity:
grammatical-semantic notions that often fall short in their analysis of the
null determiner.

Key words: creole, creolisation, definiteness, null determiner, genericity,
grammatical description, plurality, post-modifier, proforms, relative
clauses, reference, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, specificity, noun phrase.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Pidgin and Creole Languages

Written In: English (eng )

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