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Title: Language Acquisition in Creolization and, Thus, Language Change: Some ...
Author(s): Michel DeGraff
Journal Title: Language and Linguistics Compass
Volume: 3
Issue: 4
Page Range: 888 - 971
Publication Date: Jun-2009
Abstract: This essay prescribes some broad 'Cartesian-Uniformitarian' boundary conditions for linguistic hypotheses about Creole formation. These conditions make constructive connections between Creole studies, historical linguistics and language-acquisition research. Here 'Cartesian' has a mentalist sense, as in Chomsky (1966): I consider the formation of so-called 'Creole' languages to be ultimately reducible to the creation, in certain sociohistorical contexts, of certain idiolects (i.e., individual internal, or 'I-', languages) in the minds of the 'first

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