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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Syntax of Jamaican Creole : A cartographic perspective Add Dissertation
Author: Stephanie Durrleman-Tame Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Geneva, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2007
Linguistic Subfield(s): Syntax;
Subject Language(s): Creole English, Jamaican
Director(s): Luigi Rizzi

Abstract: This work explores the syntax of Jamaican Creole from a cartographic
perspective. The cartographic view, as outlined in Cinque (1999, 2002) and
Rizzi (1997, 2004), upholds the existence of a rich array of hierarchically
organized projections, thus proposing to account for syntax in terms of a
highly detailed functional map. The dissertation therefore examines to what
extent the grammar of Jamaican Creole provides morphological manifestations
of an articulate IP, CP and DP. The data considered in this work offers new
evidence in favour of these enriched structural analyses, and the instances
where surface orders differ from the underlying functional skeleton are
accounted for in terms of movement operations. The investigation of
Jamaican syntax in this thesis therefore allows us to conclude that the
‘poor’ inflectional morphology typical of Creole languages in general and
of (basilectal) Jamaican Creole in particular, does not correlate with poor
structural architecture. Indeed the free morphemes discussed, as well as
the word order considerations that indicate syntactic movement to
designated projections, serve as arguments in favour of a rich underlying
functional map.