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  • Lingua Franca in the Mediterraneanby J. E. Wansborough

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 195.00

    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...

  • Contact Languagesby Yaron Matras; Peter Bakker

    De Gruyter Mouton 2013; US$ 182.00

    This volume deals with several types of contact languages: pidgins, creoles, mixed languages, and multi-ethnolects. It also approaches contact languages from two perspectives: an historical linguistic perspective, more specifically from a viewpoint of genealogical linguistics, language descent and linguistic family tree models; and a sociolinguistic... more...

  • The Mixed Language Debateby Yaron Matras; Peter Bakker

    De Gruyter Mouton 2003; US$ 196.00

    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 articles is devoted... more...

  • A Language of Our Ownby Peter Bakker

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 109.99

    The Michif language - spoken by descendants of French Canadian fur traders and Cree Indians in western Canada - uses French for nouns and Cree for verbs, and has two sets of grammatical rules. Bakker uses historical research and fieldwork data to present an analysis of how it came into being. more...

  • Defining Creoleby John McWhorter

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 56.99

    Gathers articles on creole languages and their origins, by John H McWhorter, a unique and often controversial scholar in the field. This book is of interest to scholars and students of creole and pidgin studies, and lingustics more broadly. more...

  • The Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Studiesby Silvia Kouwenberg; John Victor Singler

    Wiley 2009; US$ 59.95

    Featuring an international contributor list, this long-awaited and broad-ranging collection examines the key issues, topics and research in pidgin and creole studies. A comprehensive reference work exploring the treatment of core aspects of pidgins/creoles, focusing on the questions that animate creole studies Brings together newly-commissioned entries... more...

  • Complex Processes in New Languagesby Enoch O. Aboh; Norval Smith

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2009; US$ 158.00

    In recent years, there has been a new interest in evaluating ?complex? structures in languages. The implications of such studies are varied, e.g., the distinction between supposedly more complex and less complex languages, how complexity relates to human knowledge of language, and the role of the reduction or increase of complexity in language change... more...

  • Noun Phrases in Creole Languagesby Marlyse Baptista; Jacqueline Guéron

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2007; US$ 188.00

    This volume offers a thorough examination of the syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and discourse properties of noun phrases in a wide variety of creole (and non-creole) languages including Cape Verdean Creole, Santome, Papiamentu, Guinea-Bissau Creole, Mindanao Chabacano, Réunionnais Creole, Lesser Antillean, Haitian Creole, Mauritian Creole, Seychellois,... more...

  • The Syntax of Cape Verdean Creoleby Marlyse Baptista

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 180.00

    This book offers an in-depth treatment of a variety of morpho-syntactic issues in Cape Verdean Creole (CVC) both from a descriptive and theoretical perspective. The investigated topics include the determiner system, Tense, Mood, Aspect markers and pronominal paradigms. The study of TMA markers reveals morpho-syntactic configurations with interesting... more...

  • The Syntax of Jamaican Creoleby Stephanie Durrleman-Tame

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 165.00

    This book offers an in-depth study of the overall syntax of (basilectal) Jamaican Creole, the first since Bailey (1966). The author, a Jamaican linguist, meticulously examines distributional and interpretative properties of functional morphology in Jamaican Creole (JC) from a cartographic perspective (Cinque 1999, 2002; Rizzi 1997, 2004), thus exploring... more...