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Wed Jun 22 2011

Books: Discourse Analysis/Sociolinguistics: McWhorter

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        1.     Julia Ulrich , Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity: McWhorter

Message 1: Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity: McWhorter
Date: 20-Jun-2011
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity: McWhorter
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Title: Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity Subtitle: Why Do Languages Undress? Series Title: Language Contact and Bilingualism [LCB] 1 Published: 2011 Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: John H. McWhorter Electronic: ISBN: 9781934078402 Pages: 332 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781934078372 Pages: 332 Price: Europe EURO 99.95

In John McWhorter's Defining Creole anthology of 2005, his collected articlesconveyed the following theme: His hypothesis that creole languages aredefinable not just in the sociohistorical sense, but in the grammatical sense. Hispublications since the 1990s have argued that all languages of the world thatlack a certain three traits together are creoles (i.e. born as pidgins a fewhundred years ago and fleshed out into real languages). He also argued that inlight of their pidgin birth, such languages are less grammatically complex thanothers, as the result of their recent birth as pidgins. These two claims havebeen highly controversial among creolists as well as other linguists.

In this volume, Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity, McWhorter gathers articleshe has written since then, in the wake of responses from a wide range ofcreolists and linguists. These articles represent a considerable divergence indirection from his earlier work.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics                             Discourse Analysis                             Historical Linguistics
Written In: English (eng )

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