Pidgins and Creoles

An introduction

| University of Amsterdam
| University of Amsterdam
| University of Amsterdam
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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 Individual Languages (such as Eskimo Pidgin, Haitian, Saramaccan, Shaba Swahili, Fa d'Ambu, Papiamentu, Sranan, Berbice Dutch) and Part IV: Grammatical Features (such as TMA particles and auxiliaries, noun phrases, reflexives, serial verbs, fronting) can form the basis for further exploration. A concluding chapter draws together the different strands of argumentation, and the annotated list provides the background information on several hundred pidgins, creoles and mixed languages.
Diversity rather than unity is taken to be the central theme, and for the first time in an introduction to pidgins and creoles, the Atlantic creoles receive the attention they deserve. Pidgins are not treated as necessarily an intermediate step on the way to creoles, but as linguistic entities in their own right with their own characteristics. In addition to pidgins, mixed languages are treated in a separate chapter.
Research on pidgin and creole languages during the past decade has yielded an abundance of uncovered material and new insights. This introduction, written jointly by the creolists of the University of Amsterdam, could not have been written without recourse to this new material.
[Creole Language Library, 15]  1994.  xv, 412 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations used
I. General aspects
1. The study of pidgin and creole languages
Pieter Muysken and Norval Smith
2. The socio-historical background of creoles
Jacques Arends
3. Pidgins
Peter Bakker
4. Mixed languages and language intertwining
Peter Bakker and Pieter Muysken
5. Variation
Vincent A. de Rooij
6. Decolonization, language planning and education
René Appel and Ludo Verhoeven
7. Creole literature
Lilian Adamson and Cefas G. Th. van Rossem
II. Theories of genesis
8. Theories focusing on the European input
Hans den Besten, Pieter Muysken and Norval Smith
9. Theories focusing on the non-European input
Jacques Arends, Silvia Kouwenberg and Norval Smith
10.Gradualist and developmental hypotheses
Jacques Arends and Adrienne Bruyn
11. Universalist approaches
Pieter Muysken and Tonjes Veenstra
III. Sketches of individual languages
12. Eskimo pidgin
Hein van der Voort
13. Haitian
Pieter Muysken and Tonjes Veenstra
14. Saramaccan
Peter Bakker, Norval Smith and Tonjes Veenstra
15. Shaba Swahili
Vincent A. de Rooij
16. Fa d’Ambu
Marike Post
17. Papiamento
Silvia Kouwenberg and Pieter Muysken
18. Sranan
Lilian Adamson and Norval Smith
19. Berbice Dutch
Silvia Kouwenberg
IV. Grammatical features
20. TMA particules and auxiliaries
Peter Bakker, Marike Post and Hein van der Voort
21. Noun phrases
Adrienne Bruyn
22. Reflexives
Pieter Muysken and Norval Smith
23. Serial verbs
Pieter Muysken and Tonjes Veenstra
24. Fronting
Tonjes Veenstra and Hans den Besten
V. Conclusions and annotated language list
25. Conclusions
Jacques Arends, Pieter Muysken and Norval Smith
26. An annotated list of creoles, pidgins, and mixed languages
Norval Smith
Subject index
Index of languages
Index of place names
Author Index
“... this is undoubtedly the best book for use as a part of a university course on pidgin and creole languages that has yet appeared.”
Philip Baker, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 59:2 (1996).
“The work is, without doubt, the definitive intoduction to pidgin and creole languages and linguistics. As a textbook, it would be ideal for an introductory or advanced undergraduate course in pidgin and creole languages.”
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