LINGUIST List 21.3404

Wed Aug 25 2010

Confs: Chavacano, Indo-Portugese, Macanese, General Ling/Macau

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        1.    Hugo Cardoso, Ibero-Asian Creoles: Comparative Perspectives

Message 1: Ibero-Asian Creoles: Comparative Perspectives
Date: 24-Aug-2010
From: Hugo Cardoso <>
Subject: Ibero-Asian Creoles: Comparative Perspectives
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Ibero-Asian Creoles: Comparative Perspectives

Date: 28-Oct-2010 - 29-Oct-2010 Location: Macau, Macau Contact: Hugo Cardoso Contact Email: Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Indo-Portuguese (idb) Macanese (mzs) Malaccan Creole Portuguese (mcm) Chavacano (cbk)

Meeting Description:

A look at the published studies on both the Portuguese-based and Spanish-based Creoles of Asia reveals that, with some exceptions, rather little attention has been given to wide ranging comparative work (but see e.g. Ferraz, 1987; Bartens, 1995; Clements 2000; 2009) and these languages remain underrepresented in cross-linguistic studies (e.g. Holm & Patrick 2007). Most existing studies largely concentrate either on single varieties or a specific sub-group of these languages (e.g. the Indo-Portuguese varieties, the varieties of Chabacano, the Malacca-Macau and Malacca-Java axes). Despite their geographical constraints, such studies have unearthed striking patterns of similarity/dissimilarity and opened the door to possible wider links in need of analysis. Farther-reaching comparative work is likely to produce relevant results on many fronts - including the reconstruction of past stages of the various languages, identification and/or consolidation of typological/taxonomic clusters, assessment of the impact of the different ecologies on their development, etc.

As more and more in-depth studies and descriptions of the Portuguese/Spanish-based Creoles of Asia become available, and with the upcoming publication of a typological database (APiCS) covering many of them, the stage looks set to embark on the promising venture of comprehensive comparative research. This international workshop will bring together at the University of Macau the leading specialists on the study of the Portuguese- and Spanish-lexified creole languages of Asia, with the aim of fostering cooperation among scholars and promoting cross-linguistic comparative work on these languages.

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