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LINGUIST List 24.1279

Thu Mar 14 2013

Diss: Semantics/Krio/Pidgin, Nigerian: Corum: 'Locative Predication in Nigerian Pidgin and Ghanaian Pidgin English'

Editor for this issue: Lili Xia <lxialinguistlist.org>

Date: 14-Mar-2013
From: Micah Corum <micahcorumgmail.com>
Subject: Locative Predication in Nigerian Pidgin and Ghanaian Pidgin English
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Institution: Universit├Ąt Hamburg
Program: Department of Languages, Literature and Media
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2012

Author: Micah Lee Corum

Dissertation Title: Locative Predication in Nigerian Pidgin and Ghanaian Pidgin English

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Subject Language(s): Krio (kri)
                            Pidgin, Nigerian (pcm)

Dissertation Director:
Peter Siemund
Nicholas G. Faraclas

Dissertation Abstract:

The research presented in this thesis provides insight into four areas in the study
of locative predication in Nigerian Pidgin and Ghanaian Pidgin English.

Chapter 1 surveys typological aspects of locative predication among Atlantic,
Mande, Kru, Benue-Kwa, Ijoid, and Portuguese-lexifier creole and English-lexifier
pidgin and creole languages. It discusses aspects of locative predication in the
pidgin and creoles languages that are derived from areal features in Niger-Congo
languages.

Chapter 2 introduces semantic typology to the study of West African pidgin and
creole languages. It discusses nominal-derived spatial grams in Ghanaian
Student Pidgin and reveals motivations and constraints on the use of 'for' in the
description of topological spatial relations.

Chapter 3 analyzes polysemous locative functions of 'for' in Nigerian Pidgin and
Ghanaian Pidgin English from a cognitive linguistic perspective. The study
focuses on extended uses of 'for' that include associative functions when the
item co-occurrs with the locative copula 'de'.

Chapter 4 contributes to the sociohistorical study of 'for' and lends support to the
argument that, as a general spatial gram, 'for' is comparable to locative
structures in Niger-Congo coastal languages.

Chapter 5 revisits each of the chapters in the thesis to highlight the most
important findings, to comment on issues that are still pending, and to suggest
avenues for future research on the study of locative predication in West African
English-lexifier pidgin and creole languages.



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