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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Dynamics of a Creole System
Written By: Derek Bickerton
Description:

In this volume the author describes and systematically accounts for
language variation in a Creole-speaking community and assesses the
implications the study has on generally accepted notions of the nature of
language. Based on an extensive study of Guyana, South America, the volume
analyses the bewildering diversity found in the syntax and underlying
semantics of tense and aspect of the language of that country and shows
that data which at first sight appear merely chaotic in fact represent
different developmental stages of the language existing side by side in the
contemporary community. The volume also offers strong support for theories
of Creole origins of ‘Black English’ in the United States. It should be of
interest not only to those linguists involved in Creole and pidgin studies
but also to anyone concerned with general linguistic theory.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
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ISBN-13: 9780521110150
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