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  • Kriyol Syntaxby Alain Kihm

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1994; US$ 180.00

    This book describes the Portuguese-based Creole which is widely spoken as a first language in Guinea-Bissau. The study focuses on one variety, 'central Kriyol', and its main aim is to present a complete description of the grammar of the language. The theoretical framework for the syntactic analysis is purposely eclectic but relies primarily on Generalized... more...

  • Kwyl in Postcolonial Saint Luciaby Aonghas St-Hilaire

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 165.00

    Can historically marginalized, threatened languages be saved in the contemporary global era? In relation to the wider postcolonial world, especially the Caribbean, this book focuses on efforts to preserve and promote Lesser Antillean French Creole ? Kwyl ? as the national language of Saint Lucia and on the legacy of colonialism and impact of globalization,... more...

  • 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...

  • Language Issues in Saint Vincent and the Grenadinesby Paula Prescod

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2015; US$ 143.00

    Languages of the Caribbean are fascinating and have been studied extensively. It is a particularly fertile ground for the study of pidgins and creoles and the interplay of language and culture and society. However, the languages of St Vincent and the Grenadines have not received the comprehensive attention they deserve. Because the work accomplished... more...

  • Lingua Franca in the Mediterraneanby J. E. Wansborough

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 47.95

    The subject of this study is the language of commerce and diplomacy during the period from 1500 BCE to 1500 CE. Based on texts of chancery provenance, its aim is the identification of a linguistic sub-system that effected and informed the major channel of international relations. The standard procedures of contact and exchange generated a format that... more...

  • The Mixed Language Debateby Yaron Matras; Peter Bakker

    De Gruyter 2003; US$ 210.00

    Mixed Languages are speech varieties that arise in bilingual settings, often as markers of ethnic separateness. They combine structures inherited from different parent languages, often resulting in odd and unique splits that present a challenge to theories of contact-induced change as well as genetic classification. This collection of... more...

  • Pidgin and Creole Tense/Mood/Aspect Systemsby John Victor Singler

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1990; US$ 165.00

    More than any other area of the grammar, tense-mood-aspect (TMA) has provided evidence to fuel the ongoing debates about creole genesis and about the relevance of pidgin and creole phenomena to language theory more generally. This volume advances the debate in two ways. First, it makes available in print for the first time and in its original form... more...

  • Pidgins and Creolesby Professor Loreto Todd; Loreto Todd

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 47.95

    The focus of this study is upon those pidgins and creoles which are English based and which have arisen since the fifteenth century. The book examines the widespread nature of the pidgin/creole phenomenon and evaluates the current definitions of the terms and the theories which have been advanced to account for their existence. The author considers... more...

  • Pidgins and Creolesby Jacques Arends; Pieter Muysken; Norval Smith

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1994; US$ 195.00

    This introduction to the linguistic study of pidgin and creole languages is clearly designed as an introductory course book. It does not demand a high level of previous linguistic knowledge. Part I: General Aspects and Part II: Theories of Genesis constitute the core for presentation and discussion in the classroom, while Part III: Sketches of... more...

  • Pidgins and Creoles beyond Africa-Europe Encountersby Isabelle Buchstaller; Anders Holmberg; Mohammad Almoaily

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 143.00

    Evidence from Arabic-based pidgins, such as Bongor Arabic, Juba Arabic, Pidgin Madame, and Gulf Pidgin Arabic, and from the Arabic-based creole Ki-Nubi, shows that in these varieties verbs often derive from Arabic imperatives. In some of the West European-based pidgins, verbs apparently derive from infinitives in the lexifier. The difference may be... more...