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  • The Syntax and Semantics of a Determiner Systemby Diana Guillemin

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 158.00

    Within the framework of Chomsky?s Minimalism and Formal Semantics, this work documents the development of the Mauritian Creole (MC) determiner system from the mid 18th century to the present. Guillemin proposes that the loss of the French quantificational determiners, which agglutinated to nouns, resulted in the occurrence of bare nouns in argument... more...

  • The Syntax of Serial Verbsby Mark Sebba

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1987; US$ 158.00

    This monograph is about the chains of verbs commonly found in Creole Languages, West African languages, in particular the Kwa sub-group of Niger-Congo, Chinese and certain other languages and have acquired the name of 'serial verbs' in the literature. As a case study, the serial constructions of Sranan, a creole language of Surinam with an English... more...

  • Urban Bahamian Creoleby Stephanie Hackert

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 158.00

    This volume, a detailed empirical study of the creole English spoken in the Bahamian capital, Nassau, contributes to our understanding of both urban creoles and tense-aspect marking in creoles. The first part traces the development of a creole in the Bahamas via socio-demographic data and outlines its current status and functions vis-à-vis the standard... more...

  • Urban Jamaican Creoleby Peter L. Patrick

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1999; US$ 198.00

    A synchronic sociolinguistic study of Jamaican Creole (JC) as spoken in urban Kingston, this work uses variationist methods to closely investigate two key concepts of Atlantic Creole studies: the mesolect, and the creole continuum. One major concern is to describe how linguistic variation patterns with social influences. Is there a linguistic continuum?... more...

  • Variation in the Caribbeanby Lars Hinrichs; Joseph T. Farquharson

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 149.00

    The study of linguistic variation in the Caribbean has been central to the emergence of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics as an academic field. It has yielded influential theory, such as the (post-)creole continuum or the 'Acts of Identity' models, that has shaped sociolinguistics far beyond creole settings. This volume collects current work in the field... more...

  • Voices in Exileby Jean D'Costa; Barbara Lalla

    University of Alabama Press 2014; US$ 24.95

    The songs, sermons and other materials collected in this anthology thoroughly characterize and demonstrate the distinctive language and culture that developed when African and European exiles came together on the plantations of Jamaica. Accounts of planters, slave-trading captains, and other testimonies from both the colonial and indigenous population... more...

  • Case-Marking in Contactby Felicity Meakins

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 158.00

    Until recently, mixed languages were considered an oddity of contact linguistics, with debates about whether or not they actually existed stifling much descriptive work or discussion of their origins. These debates have shifted from questioning their existence to a focus on their formation, and their social and structural features. This book aims to... 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...

  • Creolization and Language Changeby Dany Adone; Ingo Plag

    De Gruyter 1994; US$ 140.00

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  • Criolisches Wörterbuchby Christian Georg Andreas Oldendorp; Peter Stein; Hein van der Voort

    De Gruyter 1996; US$ 140.00

    This is an edition of the first dictionary of a Creole language, compiled in 1767/8, together with a more or less contemporaneous vocabulary of that same language, the Negerhollands spoken on the Virgin Islands, under Danish rule at that period. There are more than 3400 entries, varying greatly in nature and length and ranging from a simple... more...