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Title: L2 Acquisition and Creole Genesis
Subtitle: Dialogues
Edited By: Claire Lefebvre
Lydia White
Christine Jourdan
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LALD%2042
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 42

In this volume, second language (L2) acquisition researchers and creolists
engage in a dialogue, focusing on processes at work in L2 acquisition and
creole genesis. The volume opens with an overview of the relationship
between L2 acquisition and pidgins/creoles (Siegel). The first group of
papers addresses current language contact at a societal or an individual
level (Smith; Terrill and Dunn; Bruhn de Garavito and Atoche; Liceras et
al.; Müller). The second section focuses on processes characterizing
various stages of L2 acquisition and creole genesis: relexification and
transfer from the L1 and their role in the initial state (Sprouse;
Schwartz; Kouwenberg; Aboh; Ionin).

Chapters in the third section discuss processes involved in developing
grammars, namely, reanalysis and restructuring (Sánchez; Brousseau and
Nikiema; Steele and Brousseau). The final section concentrates on
fossilization and the end state (Cornips and Hulk; Montrul; Lardiere).
Between them, the chapters cover lexical, morphological, phonological,
semantic and syntactic properties of interlanguage grammars and creole

Table of contents

Preface vii
Claire Lefebvre, Lydia White and Christine Jourdan 1–14
Links between SLA and Creole studies: Past and present 15–46
I. Contact
Very rapid Creolization in the framework of the restricted motivation
Norval Smith 49–65
Semantic transference: Two preliminary case studies from the Solomon Islands
Angela Terrill and Michael Dunn 67–85
Variability in contact Spanish: Implications for second language acquisition
Joyce Bruhn de Garavito and Cristina Atoche 87–111
L2 Acquisition as a process of Creolization: Insights form child and adult
Juana M. Liceras, C. Martinez, R. Pérez-Tattam, S. Perales and Raquel
Fernandez Fuertes 113–144
Emerging complementizers: German in contact with French/Italian
Natascha Müller 145–165
II. Processes: Initial state (transfer and relexification)
Full transfer and relexification: Second language acquisition and Creole
Rex A. Sprouse 169–181
Transfer as bootstrapping
Bonnie D. Schwartz 183–204
LI transfer and the cut-off point for L2 acquisition processes in Creole
Sylvia Kouwenberg 205–219
The role of the syntax-semantics interface in language transfer
Enoch Olade Aboh 221–252
A Comparison of article semantics in L2 acquisition and Creole languages
Tania Ionin 253–273
III. Processes: Developing grammars (restructuring and reanalysis)
Bilingual grammars and Creoles: Similarities between functional convergence
and morphological elaboration
Liliana Sánchez 277–294
From GBE to Haitian: The multi-stage evolution of syllable structure
Anne-Marie Brousseau and Emmanuel Nikiema 295–330
Parallels in process: Comparing Haitian Creole and French learner phonologies
Jeffrey Steele and Anne-Marie Brousseau 331–352
IV.Processes: Final state (fossilization)
External and internal factors in billingual and bidialectal language
development: Grammatical gender of the Dutch definite determiner
Leonie Cornips and Aafke Hulk 355–377
Incomplete acquisition in bilingualism as an instance of language change
Silvina A. Montrul 379–400
Comparing Creole genisis with SLA in unlimited-acces contexts: Going beyond
Donna Lardiere 401–427
Index of Languages and language families 429–430
Index of subjects 431–433

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Dutch
Creole, Haitian
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253021
ISBN-13: 9789027253026
Pages: 433
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