Creole Formation as Language Contact

The case of the Suriname Creoles

| University of Frankfurt am Main
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The research on the formation of (radical) creoles has seen an unprecedented intensification and diversification in the last 20 years. This book discusses, illustrates, and evaluates current research on creole formation based on an in-depth investigation of the processes and mechanisms that contributed to the emergence of the morphosyntactic system of the creoles of Suriname. The study draws on a rich corpus of a) natural conversational and elicited synchronic linguistic data from the Eastern Maroon Creole (EMC) and its main African substrate language, Gbe, b) published diachronic data from the EMC’s sister-language Sranan Tongo, and c) information on the early history of Suriname coming from socio-historical investigations. It suggests that mechanisms of deliberate and contact-induced change also involved in borrowing and particularly shift situations led to the initial formation of the creoles of Suriname while language-internal change played a role in their subsequent development.

[Creole Language Library, 25]  2003.  xii, 151 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix
List of Abbreviations
xi
1. Introduction
1–8
2. Current research on creole formation
9–26
3. The context of creole formation in Suriname
27–35
4. The European input
37–52
5. The African input: lexical retention
53–78
6. The African input: structural retention
79–106
7. Language-internal change
107–120
8. Conclusion and implications
121–129
Notes
130–134
References
135–145
Index of subjects
147
Index of names
148–149
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2003050292