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  • The Genesis of a Languageby J. Clancy Clements

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1996; US$ 180.00

    Korlai Portuguese (KP), a Portuguese-based creole only recently discovered by linguists, originated around 1520 on the west coast of India. Initially isolated from its Hindu and Muslim neighbors by social and religious barriers, the small Korlai community lost virtually all Portuguese contact as well after 1740. This volume is the first-ever comprehensive... more...

  • Ghanaian Pidgin English in its West African Contextby Magnus Huber

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1999; US$ 180.00

    This first published full-scale study of the Ghanaian variety of West African Pidgin English (GhaPE) makes extensive use of hitherto neglected historical material and provides a synchronic account of GhaPE’s structure and sociolinguistics. Special focus is on the differences between GhaPE and other West African Pidgins, in particular the development... more...

  • Gradual Creolizationby Rachel Selbach; Hugo C. Cardoso; Margot van den Berg

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2009; US$ 158.00

    Is creolization an abrupt or a gradual process? In this volume leading scholars provide both comparative and case studies that outline their working definitions and their views on the particular or average time depth, or key processes necessary for contact language formation, providing a state-of-the art assessment of the theory of gradual creolization.... more...

  • Grammatical Relations in a Radical Creoleby Francis Byrne; Derek Bickerton

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1987; US$ 180.00

    With English and Portuguese as parent languages; the significant lexical retention of African languages; and the relative isolation of its speakers, Saramaccan has always stood out among Creole languages. Yet despite its obvious interest Saramaccan received little in the way of scholarly study. This groundbraking monograph dispels the mystery surrounding... more...

  • History, Society and Variationby J. Clancy Clements; Thomas A. Klingler; Deborah Piston-Hatlen; Kevin J. Rottet

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2006; US$ 173.00

    This volume presents a collection of new articles by sixteen specialists in the field of pidgin and creole studies, assembled in honor of the world-renowned creolist, Albert Valdman. The articles, written from a variety of theoretical perspectives, are organized thematically in three sections: on the history of specific pidgins or creoles (including... more...

  • Ibero-Asian Creolesby Hugo C. Cardoso; Alan N. Baxter; Mário Pinharanda Nunes

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2012; US$ 158.00

    Mindanao Chabacano owes many of its features (including over 10% of its basic and more of its non-basic lexicon) to the influence of Philippine languages, and some of its typological features, such as the basic VSO constituent order, typify Philippine languages but atypical of Ibero-Asian creoles as a whole. Its sizeable component of basic Philippine-derived... more...

  • If I Could Turn My Tongue Like Thatby Thomas Klingler

    LSU Press 2003; US$ 79.95

    If I Could Turn My Tongue Like That, by Thomas Klingler, is an in-depth study of the Creole language spoken in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, a community situated on the west bank of the Mississippi River above Baton Rouge that dates back to the early eighteenth century. The first comprehensive grammatical description of this particular variety... more...

  • An Introduction to Pidgins and Creolesby John Holm

    Cambridge University Press 2000; US$ 48.00

    A clear and concise introduction to the study of how new languages come into being. more...

  • Issues in the Study of Pidgin and Creole Languagesby Claire Lefebvre

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 149.00

    The content of this book is concerned with various issues at stake in Creole studies that are also of interest for general linguistics. These include the general issue of Creole genesis and of the accelerated linguistic change that characterizes the emergence of these languages as compared to ordinary cases of linguistic change, the problem of the... more...

  • Kisisi (Our Language)by Perry Gilmore

    Wiley 2015; US$ 24.95

    Part historic ethnography, part linguistic case study and part a mother’s memoir, Kisisi tells the story of two boys (Colin and Sadiki) who, together invented their own language, and of the friendship they shared in postcolonial Kenya.  Documents and examines the invention of a ‘new’ language between two boys in postcolonial... more...