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Fri Jun 29 2012

Books: Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity: McWhorter

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Date: 27-Jun-2012
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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: 2012 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
Paperback: ISBN: 9781934078396 Pages: 338 Price: Europe EURO 29.95

Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text.

Now available as paperback!

In John McWhorter's "Defining Creole" anthology of 2005, his collectedarticles conveyed the following theme: His hypothesis that creole languagesare definable not just in the sociohistorical sense, but in the grammaticalsense. His publications since the 1990s have argued that all languages of theworld that lack a certain three traits together are creoles (i.e. born as pidginsa few hundred years ago and fleshed out into real languages). He also arguedthat in light of their pidgin birth, such languages are less grammaticallycomplex than others, as the result of their recent birth as pidgins. These twoclaims have been highly controversial among creolists as well as otherlinguists.

In this volume, "Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity", McWhorter gathersarticles he has written since then, in the wake of responses from a widerange of creolists and linguists. These articles represent a considerabledivergence in direction from his earlier work.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics                             Language Contact                             Sociolinguistics
Written In: English (eng)

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