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  • 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...

  • Politeness and Face in Caribbean Creolesby Susanne Mühleisen; Bettina Migge

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2005; US$ 188.00

    Politeness and Face in Caribbean Creoles is the first collection to focus on socio-pragmatic issues in the Caribbean context, including the socio-cultural rules and principles underlying strategic language use. While the Caribbean has long been recognized as a rich and interesting site where cultural continuities meet with new "creolized" or innovative... more...

  • Roots of Creole Structuresby Susanne Michaelis

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 158.00

    This book reflects an ongoing shift in the study of contact languages: After a period of history-free universalism, it directs the attention to the individual historical circumstances under which the pidgin and creole languages arose. The contributions deal with different areas of language structure including phonology, morphology, and syntax, providing... more...

  • Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives on Contact Languagesby Magnus Huber; Viveka Velupillai

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2007; US$ 173.00

    This collection of selected conference papers from three SPCL meetings brings together a cross-fertilization of approaches to the study of contact languages. The articles are grouped into three coherent sections dealing with, respectively, phonetics and phonology, including Optimality Theory; synchronic analyses of both morphology and syntax; and diachronic... 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...

  • The Morphology and Syntax of Topic and Focusby Liliana Sánchez

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 149.00

    This book presents an innovative analysis that relates informational structure, syntax and morphology in Quechua. It provides a minimalist account of the relationship between focus, topic, evidentiality and other left-peripheral features and sentence-internal constituents marked with suffixes that have been previously considered of a pragmatic nature.... more...

  • Aspects of Argument Structure Acquisition in Inuktitutby Shanley Allen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1996; US$ 158.00

    This book discusses the first language acquisition of three morphosyntactic mechanisms of transitivity alternation in arctic Quebec Inuktitut. Data derive from naturalistic longitudinal spontaneous speech samples collected over a nine-month period from four Inuit children. Both basic and advanced forms of passive structures are shown to be used productively... more...

  • Creole Discourseby Susanne Mühleisen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2002; US$ 180.00

    Creole languages are characteristically associated with a negative image. How has this prestige been formed? And is it as static as the diglossic situation in many anglo-creolophone societies seems to suggest? This volume examines socio-historical and epistemological factors in the prestige formation of Caribbean English-Lexicon Creoles and subjects... more...

  • Creole Formation as Language Contactby Bettina Migge

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 158.00

    The research on the formation of (radical) creoles has seen an unprecedented intensification and diversification in the last 20 years. This book discusses, illustrates, and evaluates current research on creole formation based on an in-depth investigation of the processes and mechanisms that contributed to the emergence of the morphosyntactic system... more...

  • Creole Genesis, Attitudes and Discourseby John R. Rickford; Suzanne Romaine

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1999; US$ 225.00

    This collection in honor of creolist Charlene Junko Sato (1951?1996) brings together contributions by leading specialists in pidgin-creole studies in three primary areas: Pidgin-Creole Genesis and Development; Attitudes and Education, and Creole Discourse and Literature. The varieties covered come from English, French and Spanish lexical bases and... more...