The Genesis of a Language

The formation and development of Korlai Portuguese

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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 treatment of the formation, linguistic components, and rapidly changing situation of this exotic creole.
The product of ten years of research, Korlai Creole Portuguese provides an exciting, in-depth diachronic look at a language that is now showing the strain of intense cultural pressure from the surrounding Marathi-speaking population. Framed in Thomason and Kaufman’s 1988 model of contact-induced language change, the author’s analysis is enriched by numerous comparisons with sister creoles, apart from medieval Portuguese and Marathi.
This book contrastively examines the following areas:
phonemic inventories, phonological processes, stress assignment, syllable structure, paradigm restructuring, paradigm use, lexicon, word formation, semantic borrowing, loan translations, grammatical relation marking, pre- and postnominal modification, negation, subject and object deletion, embedding, and word order.
[Creole Language Library, 16]  1996.  xviii, 282 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Sociohistorical and linguistic background of the Chaul-Korlai area
1
Description of Korlai Portuguese
23
Thomason and Kaufman's model of contact-induced language change
43
Phonological systems of Middle Portuguese, Marathi and Korlai Portuguese
59
Paradigm Restructuring in Korlai Portuguese
99
The Korlai Portuguese lexicon
121
General syntactic structure of Middle Portuguese, Marathi, and Korlai Portuguese
151
Thoughts on the future of Korlai Portuguese
201
Notes
215
References
233
Appendices
239
Index
279
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  96000666