Creole and Dialect Continua

Standard acquisition processes in Belize and China (PRC)

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Although there is a substantial amount of linguistic research on standard language acquisition, little attention has been given to the mechanisms underlying second dialect acquisition. Using a combination of function-based grammar and sociolinguistic methodology to analyze topic marking strategies, the unguided acquisition of a standard by speakers of nonstandard varieties is examined in two distinct linguistic and geographical situations: in a Caribbean creole situation (Belize), with special attention to the acquisition of acrolects by native speakers of basilects, and in a noncreole situation (PRC), documenting the acquisition of standard Chinese (Putonghua) by speakers of nonstandard varieties represented in Cultural Revolution literature, Wuhan Chinese, and Suzhou Wu story-telling style. In both cases psychosocial factors, linguistic bias toward nonnative renderings of the standard varieties, the social status of their speakers, and related political and educational consequences play an important role in the development of second dialects. The broad-ranging analysis of a single feature of oral discourse leads to the formulation of cross-linguistic generalizations in acquisition studies and results in an evaluation of the putative uniqueness of creole languages. Related issues addressed include the effect of linguistic bias on the development and use of language varieties by marginalized groups; the interaction of three major language components — semantics, syntax, and pragmatics — in spontaneous communication; and the development of methods to identify discourse units. The ultimate goal underlying the comparison of specific discourse variables in Belizean and Chinese standard acquisition is to evaluate the relative merits of substratal, superstratal, and universal explanations in language development.
[Creole Language Library, 18]  1997.  x, 307 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
v
Introduction: Developmental continua
1
The Belizean speech community and the use of English
25
Creole acrolects as innovations
57
The interaction of syntax and pragmatics in acrolets: Topic marking
89
Sociolinguistic perspectives on Chinese
125
Topic mechanisms in Chinese: An overview
151
Literary and colloquial Putonghua
185
Topic strategies in varieties of Putonghua as second dialects
223
Conclusions: Pragmatic universals in second dialect acquisitiom
263
Bibliography
289
Index
303
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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