LINGUIST List 29.4159

Thu Oct 25 2018

Books: Malabar Indo-Portuguese Structure and origins of the verbal system: Krajinović

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Date: 24-Oct-2018
From: Ulrich Lueders <>
Subject: Malabar Indo-Portuguese Structure and origins of the verbal system: Krajinović
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Title: Malabar Indo-Portuguese Structure and origins of the verbal
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Pidgin & Creole Linguistics 20
Published: 2018
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

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Author: Ana Krajinović
Paperback: ISBN: 9783862889099 Pages: 211 Price: Europe EURO 72.80

Malabar Indo-Portuguese is a creole language formed in a situation of language contact between the Portuguese colonizers and the native Malayalam-speaking community of the Malabar Coast in the 16th century; nowadays, it is spoken by a few last speakers in Cannanore. This book contributes to its linguistic description, which has so far benefited from Schuchardt’s work (Schuchardt, 1882, 1883, 1889a,b) and from recent fieldwork-based descriptions by Cardoso (2012, 2014a,d,c). By using linguistic data from the corpus of Malabar Indo-Portuguese (Cardoso, 2006-2015, 2007-2010), this work offers a description of several structures within the verbal system, such as TMA marking, copulative constructions, and subordination. Besides the synchronic description, Malabar Indo-Portuguese structures are also analyzed within a diachronic and contact-based perspective, through comparison with their Portuguese etymologies and Malayalam substrate/adstrate influences.

This work shows that the grammatical functions and morphosyntactic structures within the verbal system have converged with Malayalam on a large scale, while maintaining semantic links to their Portuguese etymologies. The diachrony of Malabar Indo-Portuguese is studied in the context of grammaticalization and language ecology as creole-shaping mechanisms.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Malayalam (mal)
Language Family(ies): Creole

Written In: English (eng)

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