Language Contact in Africa and the African Diaspora in the Americas

In honor of John V. Singler

| City University of New York
| New York University / University of Rijeka
| York University
ISBN 9789027252777 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027265449 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
Language Contact in Africa and the African Diaspora in the Americas brings together the original research of nineteen leading scholars on language contact and pidgin/creole genesis. In recent decades, increasing attention has been paid to the role of historical, cultural and demographic factors in language contact situations. John Victor Singler’s body of work, a model of what such a research paradigm should look like, strikes a careful balance between sociohistorical and linguistic analysis. The case studies in this volume present investigations into the sociohistorical matrix of language contact and critical insights into the sociolinguistic consequences of language contact within Africa and the African Diaspora. Additionally, they contribute to ongoing debates about pidgin/creole genesis and language contact by examining and comparing analyses and linguistic outcomes of particular sociohistorical and cultural contexts, and considering less-studied factors such as speaker agency and identity in the emergence, nativization, and stabilization of contact varieties.
[Creole Language Library, 53]  2017.  vii, 369 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Philipp Angermeyer, Cecelia Cutler and Zvjezdana Vrzić
Part 1. The sociohistorical matrix of language contact
Population factors, multilingualism and the emergence of grammar
Enoch O. Aboh
The African diaspora in Latin America: Linguistic contact and consequences
Gregory R. Guy
The sociohistorical matrix of creolization and the role children played in this process
Silvia Kouwenberg
Creole as necessity? Creole as choice? Evidence from Afrikaans historical sociolinguistics
Ana Deumert
Bahamian Creole English: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
Chanti Seymour
Linguistic commonality in English of the African diaspora: Evidence from lesser-known varieties of English
Walt Wolfram and Caroline Myrick
Historical separations: Race, class and language in Barbados
Renee Blake
Part 2. Sources of grammar and processes of language contact
Some observations on the sources of AAVE structure: Re-examining the creole connection
Donald Winford
Unity in diversity: The homogeneity of the substrate and the grammar of space in the African and Caribbean English-lexifier creoles
Kofi Yakpo
Krio as the Western Maroon Creole language of Jamaica, and the /na/ isogloss
Norval Smith
Number marking in Jamaican Patwa
Peter L. Patrick
Variationist creolistics, with a phonological focus
John R. Rickford
Pidginization versus second language acquisition: Insights from basilang and mesolang varieties of Zulu as a second language
Rajend Mesthrie
Crosslinguistic effects in adjectivization strategies in Suriname, Ghana and Togo
Margot van den Berg, Evershed Kwasi Amuzu, Komlan Essizewa, Elvis Yevudey and Kamaïloudini Tagba
Author index
Language index
Subject index
“With an impressive line-up of contributors and a focus on the socio-historical context of language contact, this volume is a fitting tribute to John Singler and his outstanding work in creole studies.”
“Throughout his career, John Singler has stressed the need to bring in very good evidence, both historical and linguistic, when trying to account for language contact processes. The present volume bears testimony to this, with a number of very interesting studies about Africa as well as the African Diaspora.”
“John Singler's illustrious career, as measured in research and publications, shows only some of the mentoring and support he has offered to many, many people, both here and abroad, especially to Africans and to the people of Liberia, his adopted country. Some of that testimony is contained here but much of it is beyond academe. His stature in the scholarly world is confirmed by the illustrious names of those who have contributed to the volume, all leaders in the study of pidgins and creoles and of contact phenomena in general.”
“This volume is a worthy tribute to John V. Singler's many years of enormously important and influential research on New World creoles and related contact situations in Africa. The chapters reflect Singler's impact on the field, in particular his emphasis on details of sociohistorical context in analyzing creole histories and his rejection of one-size-fits-all theories of creole genesis. The authors are a who's who list of prominent creolists, and the volume as a whole deserves a place on every creolist's bookshelf.”
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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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