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Title: Creole Genesis and the Acquisition of Grammar
Subtitle: The Case of Haitian Creole
Written By: Claire Lefebvre
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 88
Description:

This study focuses on the cognitive processes involved in creole genesis -
relexification, reanalysis and direct levelling - processes which the
author demonstrates play a significant role in language genesis and change
in general. Dr Lefebvre argues that the creators of pidgins/creoles use the
parametric values of their native languages in establishing those of the
language that they are creating and the semantic principles of their own
grammar in concatenating morphemes and words in the new language. This
theory is documented on the basis of a uniquely detailed comparison of
Haitian creole with its contributing French and West African languages.
Summarizing more than twenty years of funded research, the author examines
the input of adult, as opposed to child, speakers and resolves the problems
in the three main approaches, universalist, superstratist and substratist,
which have been central to the recent debate on creole development.


"...[this book] is a model of careful argumentation, including clear
description of the methods and assumptions involved in the underlying
research...the book is admittedly written for those with special interest
in pidgin and creole languages..." Linguistics

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Creole, Haitian
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521025389
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 479
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