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Journal Title: Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages
Volume/Issue:   27/2
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: 2012. iv, 185 pp.

Articles

Grammatical variation in Bequia (St Vincent and the Grenadines)
Miriam Meyerhoff and James A. Walker
209–234

Preverbal no-negation in Gullah
Rudolph C. Troike
235–254

French and underdevelopment, Haitian Creole and development: Educational language policy problems and solutions in Haiti
Benjamin Hebblethwaite
255–302

Multi-verb constructions in Sri Lanka Malay
Sebastian Nordhoff
303–343

Short Notes

What can you find on YouTube, that’s sociolinguistically interesting?: A look at the plural marking in the Virgin Islands Creole on St. Croix
Emilia Wrobel
343–350

On Universal Grammar, the Bioprogram Hypothesis and Creole Genesis: An interview with Noam Chomsky
Marlyse Baptista
351–376

Guest Column

The Nature of Argument: Is the Creole Exceptionalism Hypothesis Dead?
John McWhorter
377–387

Book Review

The Emergence of pidgin and creole languages. By Jeff Siegel
Reviewed by John McWhorter
389–393
Publisher: John Benjamins
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Creole, Afro-Seminole
English
French
Creole English, Sea Island
Creole, Haitian
Creole Malay, Sri Lankan
Sinhalese
Spanish
Tamil
Creole English, Virgin Islands
 
LL Issue: 23.3611