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Title: Roots of Creole Structures
Subtitle: Weighing the Contribution of Substrates and Superstrates
Edited By: Susanne Michaelis
Series Title: Creole Language Library 33

This book reflects an ongoing shift in the study of contact languages:
After a period of history-free universalism, it directs the attention to
the individual historical circumstances under which the pidgin and creole
languages arose. The contributions deal with different areas of language
structure including phonology, morphology, and syntax, providing a wealth
of structural and sociohistorical data that any comprehensive theory of
contact languages will have to account for. Each of the papers provides a
thorough description of a structural phenomenon against the background of
the sociohistorical contact situation. The languages covered in the book
are: Guiné-Bissau Creole, Haitian Creole, Hawai‘i Creole, Indo-Portuguese
creoles, Jamaican Creole, Lingua Franca, North American French, Mauritian
Creole, Santomense, Saramaccan, Seychelles Creole, Sranan, Surinamese
Maroon creoles, Vincentian Creole, and Zamboangueño Chavacano.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Chavacano
Creole French, Seselwa
Creole, Haitian
Creole English, Hawai'i
Creole English, Jamaican
Lingua Franca
Sranan Tongo
Creole English, Vincentian
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289964
Prices: U.S. $ 158.00
Europe EURO 105.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027252555
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00