Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


Book Information

   

Title: Deconstructing Creole
Edited By: Umberto Ansaldo
Stephen Matthews
Lisa Lim
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 73
Description:

Deconstructing Creole is a collection of studies aimed at critically
assessing the idea of creole languages as a homogeneous structural type
with shared and peculiar patterns of genesis. Following up on the critical
discussion of notions of 'creole exceptionalism' as historical and
ideological constructs, this volume tests the basic assumptions that
underlie current attempts to present 'creole structure' as a special type,
from typological as well as sociohistorical perspectives. The sum of the
findings presented here suggests that careful empirical investigation of
input varieties and contact environments can explain the structural output
recourse to an exceptional genesis scenario. Echoing calls to dissolve the
notion of 'creolization' as a special diachronic process, this volume
proposes that theoretically grounded approaches to the notions of
simplicity, complexity, transmission, etc do not warrant considering
so-called 'creole' languages as a special synchronic type.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Typology
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229856
ISBN-13: 9789027229854
Pages: 304
Prices: U.S. $ 155.00