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Title: Creoles, Contact, and Language Change
Subtitle: Linguistic and social implications
Edited By: Geneviève Escure
Armin Schwegler
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CLL%2027
Series Title: Creole Language Library 27

This volume contains a selection of fifteen papers presented at three consecutive meetings of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, held in Washington, D.C. (January 2001); Coimbra, Portugal (June 2001); and San
Francisco (January 2002). The fifteen articles offer a balanced sampling of creolists’ current research interests. All of the contributions address questions directly relevant to pidgin/creole studies and other contact languages. The majority of papers address issues of morphology or syntax.
Some of the contributions make use of phonological analysis while others study language development from the point of view of acquisition. A few papers examine discourse strategies and style, or broader issues of social and ethnic identity. While this array of topics and perspectives is reflective of the diversity of the field, there is also much common ground in that all of the papers adduce solid data corpora to support their analyses. The range of languages analyzed spans the planet, as approximately twenty contact varieties are studied in this volume.

Table of contents

Preface vii–x

1. The origins of Macanese reduplication
Umberto Ansaldo and Stephen Matthews 1–19

2. Court records as a source of authentic early Sranan
Margot van den Berg and Jacques Arends 21–34

3. Garifuna in Belize and Honduras
Geneviève Escure 35–65

4. The Nova Scotia–Sierra Leone connection: New evidence on an early variety of African American Vernacular English in the diaspora
Magnus Huber 67–95

5. The development of variable NP plural agreement in a restructured
African variety of Portuguese
Alan N. Baxter 97–126

6. Second language acquisition in creole genesis: The role of processability
Fredric W. Field 127–160

7. OT and the acquisition of Jamaican syllable structure
Rocky R. Meade 161–188

8. Double-object constructions in two French-based creoles (Morisyen and
Dany Adone 189–208

9. Passive voice in Papiamento: A corpus-based study on dialectal variability
Eva Martha Eckkrammer 209–219

10. Tone assignment on lexical items of English and African origin in Krio
Malcolm Awadajin Finney 221–236

11. TMA and the St. Lucian Creole verb phrase
David B. Frank 237–257

12. The Limonese calypso as an identity marker
Anita Herzfeld and David Moskowitz 259–284

13. The speech event kuutu in the Eastern Maroon community
Bettina Migge 285–306

14. Reflexivity in French-based creoles
Katrin Mutz 307–329

15. The role of style and identity in the development of Hawaiian Creole
Sarah J. Roberts 331–350

Index 351–354

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Pidgins & Creoles
Subject Language(s): Garifuna
Creole French, Seselwa
Creole English, Jamaican
Sranan Tongo
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115518
ISBN-13: 9781588115515
Pages: x, 355 pp.
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ISBN: 9027252491
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Pages: x, 355 pp.
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