Part ofRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2017: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' 31, Bucharest
Edited by Alexandru Nicolae and Adina Dragomirescu
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 355] 2021
► pp. 193–204
Kristang and Makista are two related Portuguese-lexified creoles of southeast Asia. While they are generally mutually intelligible, there are differences between them. A look at the contact languages found in Malacca and Macau can give us ideas as to where these differences come from. Building on Ansaldo’s notion of language ecology, this study will look at the histories of Kristang and Makista, and the features that exhibit these differences. These histories will be taken into account when looking at the differences, and evidence suggesting the connection between language ecology and morphosyntactic structures will be presented. The two features discussed are genitive patterns, and cleft constructions.