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Title: Creolization and Contact
Edited By: Norval Smith
Tonjes Veenstra
Series Title: Creole Language Library 23

This volume contains revised and extended versions of a selection of the papers presented at "The Amsterdam Workshop on Language Contact and Creolization." These studies apply the concept of relexification to creoles as well as other contact languages; highlight the relevance of strategies of second language learning for theories of pidgin/creole genesis; critically discuss the notions levelling (koine formation) and convergence; the relation between types of contact situations and processes of crosslinguistic influence; as well as the linguistic consequences of the social structure of the plantation system. In addition to discussing English-, French-, and Dutch-related creoles, the papers cover a wide range of contact languages spoken throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe. The breadth and coverage makes this an indispensable title for research in the field of contact linguistics.

Contributions by: Norval Smith & Tonjes Veenstra; Claire Lefebvre;
Norval Smith; Anthony P. Grant; Maarten Mous; Ulla-Britt Kotsinas;
Pieter C. Muysken; Jeff Siegel; Frans Hinskens; Silvia Kouwenberg;
Sarah G. Thomason; Ellen Prince; Jacques Arends.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588111113
ISBN-13: 9781588111111
Pages: 323
Prices: U.S. $ 162
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027252459
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Pages: 323
Prices: EUR 110.00