A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
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.