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  • Language Change and Language Contact in Pidgins and Creolesby John McWhorter

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2000; US$ 240.00

    This book collects a selection of fifteen papers presented at three meetings of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics in 1996 and 1997. The focus is on papers which approach issues in creole studies with novel perspectives, address understudied pidgin and creole varieties, or compellingly argue for controversial positions. The papers demonstrate... more...

  • The Power Of Babelby John McWhorter

    Random House 2011; US$ 18.32

    There can be few subjects of such widespread interest and fascination to anyone who reads as the strange ways of languages. In this wonderfully entertaining and fascinating book, John McWhorter introduces us to 'the natural history of language': from Russonorsk, a creole of Russian and Norwegian once spoken by trading fur trappers to an Australian... more...

  • Doing Our Own Thingby John McWhorter

    Random House 2011; US$ 14.09

    Once languages become written, they change. Only in writing does language develop the artfulness and richness that we associate with a Shakespeare, a Proust or a Whitman. Yet over the last forty years, the English-language has effectively gone into reverse - taking our lead from America and the legacy of the 1960s, our culture increasingly privileges... more...

  • Language Interruptedby John McWhorter

    Oxford University Press 2007; US$ 72.99

    In Language Interrupted , linguist John McWhorter agrees that all languages are complex, but questions whether or not they are all equally complex. The topic of complexity has become a hot issue in recent years, particularly in creole studies, historical linguistics, and language contact. more...

  • Talking Back, Talking Blackby John McWhorter

    Bellevue Literary Press 2016; US$ 19.99

    An authoritative, impassioned celebration of Black English, how it works, and why it matters more...

  • Defining Creoleby John H. McWhorter

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 82.99

    A conventional wisdom among creolists is that creole is a sociohistorical term only: that creole languages share a particular history entailing adults rapidly acquiring a language usually under conditions of subordination, but that structurally they are indistinguishable from other languages. The articles by John H. McWhorter collected in this volume... more...

  • Linguistic Simplicity and Complexityby John H. McWhorter

    De Gruyter 2011; US$ 137.40

    In John McWhorter?s Defining Creole anthology of 2005, his collected articles conveyed the following theme: His hypothesis that creole languages are definable not just in the sociohistorical sense, but in the grammatical sense. His publications since the 1990s have argued that all languages of the world that lack a certain three traits... more...

  • A Grammar of Saramaccan Creoleby John McWhorter; Jeff Good

    De Gruyter 2012; US$ 190.26

    Saramaccan has been central to various debates regarding the origin and nature of creole languages. Being the most removed of all English-based creoles from European language structure in terms of phonology, morphology and syntax, it has been seen as one of the most extreme instantiations of the creolization process. This is the first... more...

  • Defining Creoleby John H. McWhorter

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 82.99

    A conventional wisdom among creolists is that creole is a sociohistorical term only: that creole languages share a particular history entailing adults rapidly acquiring a language usually under conditions of subordination, but that structurally they are indistinguishable from other languages. The articles by John H. McWhorter collected in this volume... more...

  • The Language Hoaxby John H. McWhorter

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 9.99

    A provocative argument against the idea that we view the world through the lens of the language we speak. more...