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  • The Genesis of a Languageby J. Clancy Clements

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1996; US$ 180.00

    Korlai Portuguese (KP), a Portuguese-based creole only recently discovered by linguists, originated around 1520 on the west coast of India. Initially isolated from its Hindu and Muslim neighbors by social and religious barriers, the small Korlai community lost virtually all Portuguese contact as well after 1740. This volume is the first-ever comprehensive... more...

  • Grammatical Relations in a Radical Creoleby Francis Byrne; Derek Bickerton

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1987; US$ 180.00

    With English and Portuguese as parent languages; the significant lexical retention of African languages; and the relative isolation of its speakers, Saramaccan has always stood out among Creole languages. Yet despite its obvious interest Saramaccan received little in the way of scholarly study. This groundbraking monograph dispels the mystery surrounding... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Predication in Caribbean English Creolesby Donald Winford

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1993; US$ 195.00

    This is the first major study of the conservative or basilectal English creoles of the Anglophone Caribbean since Bailey's (1966) and Bickerton's (1975) descriptions of Jamaican and Guyanese Creole respectively. The book offers a comprehensive, unified treatment of the core areas of CEC predication, including the verb complex, auxiliary ordering, voice... more...

  • Sing Without Shameby Kenneth David Jackson

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1990; US$ 165.00

    This study of literary themes, linguistic practice and cultural traditions analyzes the oral traditions of Indo-Portugese creole verse, as a synthesis from European, African and Asian sources. This musical, dramatic and textual syncretism defines tradition within the group and maintains the identity of the creole community. References are primarily... more...

  • The Speech of the Negros Congos in Panamaby John M. Lipski

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1989; US$ 158.00

    The negros congos of Panama's Caribbean coast are a unique cultural manifestation of Afro-Hispanic contact. During Carnival season each year, this group reenacts dramatic events which affected black slaves in colonial Panama, performs dances and pantomimes, and enforces a set of ritual laws' and punishments'. A key component of congo games is a special... more...

  • The Structure and Status of Pidgins and Creolesby Arthur K. Spears; Donald Winford

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1997; US$ 195.00

    Destined to become a landmark work, this book is devoted principally to a reassessment of the content, categories, boundaries, and basic assumptions of pidgin and creole studies. It includes revised and elaborated papers from meetings of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics in addition to commissioned papers from leading scholars in the field.... more...

  • Substrata versus Universals in Creole Genesisby Pieter Muysken; Norval Smith

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1986; US$ 180.00

    Two of the most prominent hypotheses about why the structures of the Creole languages of the Atlantic and the Pacific differ are the universalist and he substrate hypotheses. The universalist hypothesis claims, essentially, that the particular grammatical properties of Creole languages directly reflect universal aspects of the human language capacity,... 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...