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  • Contact Languagesby Peter Bakker; Yaron Matras

    De Gruyter 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 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... more...

  • The Emergence of Creole Syllable Structureby Mareile Schramm

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 140.00

    This book presents an empirical study of syllable structure and phonotactic restructuring in six Caribbean creoles with Dutch, English and French as main lexifier languages. It is shown that, although some structures are more commonly permitted than others, there is considerable cross-creole variation, especially with respect to word-final... more...

  • Sounds Like Lifeby Janis B. Nuckolls

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 144.99

    Sound-symbolism occurs when words resemble the sounds associated with the phenomena they attempt to describe, rather than an arbitrary representation. For example the word raven is arbitrary in that it does not resemble a raven; cuckoo, however, is sound -symbolic in that it resembles the bird's call. In Sounds Like Life, Janis Nuckolls studies the... more...

  • The Languages of the Andesby Willem F. H. Adelaar; Pieter C. Muysken

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 82.00

    Documents the diverse range of languages in the Andean and Pacific regions of South America. 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...

  • Lexical Acculturation in Native American Languagesby Cecil H. Brown

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 134.99

    The author of this study explores the nature of acculturation in the encounter between Europeans and Native Americans. Specifically, he examines how Native American languages adjusted to the introduction of foreign objects and concepts after 1492, discerning patterns of linguistics. more...

  • Rabinal Achiby Dennis Tedlock

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 18.99

    Tedlock presents the first direct translation from Quiche Maya to English of "Rabinal Achi". The significance of the play is great to scholars and to lay persons as a partial history, by Mayans, of their culture, and as a revelation of the ancient ritual and beliefs toward the nature of sacrifice. 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...

  • Remnant Raising and VSO Clausal Architecture by Felicia Lee

    Springer 2006; US$ 89.99

    San Lucas Quiavini Zapotec, an endangered and little-examined indigenous language of Mexico, shows a range of syntactic and morphological phenomena incompatible with standard Minimalist accounts of verb movement. This work proposes a VP-remnant raising account for these phenomena, motivated by Kayne's (1992) Antisymmetry program. more...