Grammatical Relations in a Radical Creole

Verb Complementation in Saramaccan

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ISBN 9789027252234 (Eur) | EUR 120.00
ISBN 9780915027965 (USA) | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027279019 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
With English and Portuguese as parent languages; the significant lexical retention of African languages; and the relative isolation of its speakers, Saramaccan has always stood out among Creole languages. Yet despite its obvious interest Saramaccan received little in the way of scholarly study. This groundbraking monograph dispels the mystery surrounding Saramaccan and provides strong evidence for a new approach to Creole origins. The study is carried out within the government-binding framework. The author shows how Saramaccan comes close to demonstrating what constitues the irreducible minimum of building blocks with which a language can be constructed, and the types of structure which must develop under such conditions. In this work Frank Byrne combines the outcome of patient and persevering fieldwork with a firm grasp of current theoretical issues and provides us with the insights into the nature of universal grammar of which a Creole like Saramaccan is potentially capable.
[Creole Language Library, 3]  1987.  xiv, 293 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
1. The Issues, the Model and the Data
2. Suriname, The Saramaka and Saramaccan
3. Aspects of the Syntax of Saramaccan
4. Constituent Dislocation
5. Complementizer-like Forms
6. Case-marking Serials
7. Verb-modifyng Serials
8. Conclusions
Appendix A: Glossary of Pertinent Saramaccan Formatives
Appendix B: Personal Data on the Principal Sa Consultants
Appendix C: Abbreviations
Appendix D: Saramaccan Orthography
Appendix E: Definitions
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