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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.


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

Preverbal no-negation in Gullah
Rudolph C. Troike

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

Multi-verb constructions in Sri Lanka Malay
Sebastian Nordhoff

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

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

Guest Column

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

Book Review

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