LINGUIST List 23.3050

Fri Jul 13 2012

Books: Language Contact in the Danish West Indies: Giving Jack His Jacket: Sabino

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <>

Date: 12-Jul-2012
From: Els van Egmond <>
Subject: Language Contact in the Danish West Indies: Giving Jack His Jacket: Sabino
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Title: Language Contact in the Danish West Indies: Giving Jack His
Jacket Series Title: Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture Published: 2012 Publisher: Brill

Author: Robin Sabino Hardback: ISBN: 9789004225404 Pages: 350 Price: Europe EURO 112
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004225404 Pages: 350 Price: U.S. $ 156

"Language Contact in the Danish West Indies: Giving Jack His Jacket" laysbare crucial roles played by community and resistance in the refashioning ofheritage languages. Robin Sabino draws on her community relationships, herfieldwork with a last speaker, and research from a range of disciplines, toadvance a revisionist history that elucidates the African linguistic resourcesused to create community in a land those who were transhipped did not chooseand from which they could not return. In parallel fashion, the narrative locatesthe partial appropriation of creole features by the colony's Euro-Caribbeancommunity in the emergence of local identity. It also traces the replacement ofDutch and Virgin Islands Dutch Creole with their English counterparts.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Negerhollands (dcr)
Written In: English (eng)

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