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Books: Psycholinguistic/Sociolinguistics/Syntax: Lefebvre

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Message 1: Creole Genesis and the Acquisition of Grammar: Lefebvre
Date: 28-Mar-2006
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Creole Genesis and the Acquisition of Grammar: Lefebvre

Title: Creole Genesis and the Acquisition of Grammar Subtitle: The Case of Haitian Creole Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 88 Published: 2006 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Claire Lefebvre, University of Quebec at Montreal Paperback: ISBN: 0521025389 Pages: 479 Price: U.S. $ 50.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521025389 Pages: 479 Price: U.K. £ 27.99

This study focuses on the cognitive processes involved in creole genesis -relexification, reanalysis and direct levelling - processes which theauthor demonstrates play a significant role in language genesis and changein general. Dr Lefebvre argues that the creators of pidgins/creoles use theparametric values of their native languages in establishing those of thelanguage that they are creating and the semantic principles of their owngrammar in concatenating morphemes and words in the new language. Thistheory is documented on the basis of a uniquely detailed comparison ofHaitian creole with its contributing French and West African languages.Summarizing more than twenty years of funded research, the author examinesthe input of adult, as opposed to child, speakers and resolves the problemsin the three main approaches, universalist, superstratist and substratist,which have been central to the recent debate on creole development.

"...[this book] is a model of careful argumentation, including cleardescription of the methods and assumptions involved in the underlyingresearch...the book is admittedly written for those with special interestin pidgin and creole languages..." Linguistics

Preface;List of abbreviations;1. The problem of creole genesis and linguistic theory;2. Cognitive processes involved in creole genesis;3. The research methodology;4. Functional category lexical entries involved in nominal structure;5. The preverbal markers encoding relative tense, mood and aspect;6. Pronouns;7. Functional category lexical entries involved in the structure of theclause;8. The determiner and the structure of the clause;9. The syntactic properties of verbs;10. Are derivational affixes relexified?11. The concatenation of words in compounds;12. Parameters;13. Evaluation of the hypothesis;14. Theoretical consequences;Appendices;Notes;References;Indexes.

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics                             Sociolinguistics                             Syntax
Subject Language(s): Haitian Creole French (hat)
Written In: English (eng )

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