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LINGUIST List 23.2881

Fri Jun 29 2012

Books: Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity: McWhorter

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 27-Jun-2012
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity: McWhorter
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Title: Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity
Subtitle: Why Do Languages Undress?
Series Title: Language Contact and Bilingualism (LCB) 1
Published: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/128134?format=B

Author: John H McWhorter
Electronic: ISBN: 9781934078402 Pages: 332 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781934078372 Pages: 332 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781934078396 Pages: 338 Price: Europe EURO 29.95
Abstract:

Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text.

Now available as paperback!

In John McWhorter's "Defining Creole" anthology of 2005, his collected
articles conveyed the following theme: His hypothesis that creole languages
are definable not just in the sociohistorical sense, but in the grammatical
sense. His publications since the 1990s have argued that all languages of the
world that lack a certain three traits together are creoles (i.e. born as pidgins
a few hundred years ago and fleshed out into real languages). He also argued
that in light of their pidgin birth, such languages are less grammatically
complex than others, as the result of their recent birth as pidgins. These two
claims have been highly controversial among creolists as well as other
linguists.

In this volume, "Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity", McWhorter gathers
articles he has written since then, in the wake of responses from a wide
range of creolists and linguists. These articles represent a considerable
divergence in direction from his earlier work.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Language Contact
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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