Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages

ORCID logoBettina Migge | University College Dublin
Anthony P. Grant | Edge Hill University
Book Review Editor
John H. McWhorter | Columbia University
Associate Editor Emeritus
Armin Schwegler | University of California, Irvine
Honorary Editors
Glenn Gilbert | Southern Illinois University, Emeritus
Donald Winford | The Ohio State University

The Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages (JPCL) aims to provide a forum for the scholarly study of pidgins, creoles, and other contact language varieties, from multi-disciplinary perspectives. The journal places special emphasis on current research devoted to empirical description, theoretical issues, and the broader implications of the study of contact languages for theories of language acquisition and change, and for linguistic theory in general. The editors also encourage contributions that explore the application of linguistic research to language planning, education, and social reform, as well as studies that examine the role of contact languages in the social life and culture, including the literature, of their communities.

JPCL publishes its articles Online First.

The journal has a companion series of books, the Contact Language Library, formerly Creole Language Library.

ISSN: 0920-9034 | E-ISSN: 1569-9870
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Latest articles

3 November 2022

  • ‘My brother from another mother’ : Mapping the kinship terminology of Malacca Creole Portuguese
    Silvio Moreira De Sousa Raan-Hann Tan | JPCL 37:2 (2022) pp. 247–290
  • On the influence of Kreyòl swa : Evidence from the nasalization of the Haitian Creole determiner /la/ in non-nasal environments
    David Tezil | JPCL 37:2 (2022) pp. 291–320
  • Chabacano and Luso-Asian creoles : Coincidences or connections?
    Eduardo Tobar Delgado | JPCL 37:2 (2022) pp. 321–356
  • Phonetic variation in Standard English spoken by Trinidadian professionals
    Michael Westphal , Ka Man Lau , Johanna Hartmann Dagmar Deuber | JPCL 37:2 (2022) pp. 357–394
  • The word wide web : A mycelial turn in the conceptualisation and modelling of language evolution
    Felicity Meakins | JPCL 37:2 (2022) pp. 395–415
  • Maria Mazzoli Eeva Sippola (eds.). 2021. New Perspectives on Mixed Languages: From Core to Fringe
    Reviewed by Michael T. Putnam | JPCL 37:2 (2022) pp. 416–421
  • The lexicon and creole formation : A reply to Jacobs & Parkvall (2020)
    Mauro Fernández Eeva M. Sippola | JPCL 37:2 (2022) pp. 219–239
  • Occam’s Razor and the origins of Chabacano : A reply to Fernández and Sippola
    Bart Jacobs Mikael Parkvall | JPCL 37:2 (2022) pp. 240–246
  • 23 March 2022

  • The vitality of Angolar : A study of attitudes on São Tomé Island
    Marie-Eve Bouchard | JPCL 37:1 (2022) pp. 160–188
  • Context matters : Grenadian students’ attitudes toward newscasters’ and teachers’ accents
    Eva Canan Hänsel , Michael Westphal , Philipp Meer Dagmar Deuber | JPCL 37:1 (2022) pp. 16–52
  • Empiricism or imperialism : The science of Creole Exceptionalism
    Felicity Meakins | JPCL 37:1 (2022) pp. 189–203
  • Zamboanga Chavacano : From español de cocina to un poquito español. A postcolonial inquiry into creole language preservation
    Jillian Loise Melchor Miguel Blázquez-Carretero | JPCL 37:1 (2022) p. 72
  • Marking statements of fact in early pidgins
    Kees Versteegh | JPCL 37:1 (2022) pp. 53–71
  • The syntax of directional Serial Verb Constructions in French-based creoles
    Anne Zribi-Hertz Loïc Jean-Louis | JPCL 37:1 (2022) pp. 114–159
  • Tjerk Hagemeijer , Philippe Maurer-Cecchini Armando Zamora Segorbe . 2020. A Grammar of Fa d’Ambô
    Reviewed by Alain Kihm | JPCL 37:1 (2022) pp. 208–217
  • Maïa Ponsonnet . 2020. Difference and Repetition in Language Shift to a Creole. The Expression of Emotions
    Reviewed by Karin Speedy | JPCL 37:1 (2022) pp. 204–207
  • Pieter Cornelis Muysken (1950–2021)
    Peter Bakker | JPCL 37:1 (2022) pp. 1–9
  • Annegret Bollée (1937–2021)
    Susanne Maria Michaelis | JPCL 37:1 (2022) pp. 10–15
  • 14 January 2022

  • The discourse marker ale in Bislama oral narratives
    Angeliki Alvanoudi Valérie Guérin | JPCL 36:2 (2021) pp. 264–297
  • Convergence in the Malabar : The case of Indo-Portuguese
    Hugo C. Cardoso | JPCL 36:2 (2021) pp. 298–335
  • ‘Broken English’, ‘dialect’ or ‘Bahamianese’? Language attitudes and identity in The Bahamas
    Alexander Laube Janina Rothmund | JPCL 36:2 (2021) pp. 362–394
  • Language styles, styling and language change in Creole communities
    Bettina Migge | JPCL 36:2 (2021) pp. 395–422
  • ‘Fact type’ complementizer in Guadeloupean Creole
    Laura Tramutoli | JPCL 36:2 (2021) pp. 336–361
  • The influence of socio-economic status, age, gender, and level of literacy on language attitudes : The case of Haitian Gonâviens
    Gerdine M. Ulysse Khaled Al Masaeed | JPCL 36:2 (2021) pp. 227–263
  • William Jennings Stefan Pfänder . 2018. Inheritance and Innovation in a Colonial Language. Towards a Usage-Based Account of French Guianese Creole
    Reviewed by Peter Bakker | JPCL 36:2 (2021) pp. 428–433
  • Sandro Sessarego . 2019. Language Contact and the Making of an Afro-Hispanic Vernacular: Variation and Change in the Colombian Chocó
    Reviewed by Isabel Deibel | JPCL 36:2 (2021) pp. 434–437
  • Anthony Grant (ed.). 2019. The Oxford handbook of language contact
    Reviewed by George Lang | JPCL 36:2 (2021) pp. 423–427
  • Joanna Nolan . 2020. The Elusive Case of Lingua Franca
    Reviewed by Mikael Parkvall | JPCL 36:2 (2021) pp. 438–440
  • Trying to resolve the question : Did Bounty mutineer, Edward Young, have a singular influence on Pitcairn Island creole
    Richard Kleiner | JPCL 36:2 (2021) pp. 221–226
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    Editorial Board
    ORCID logoPeter Bakker | Aarhus University
    Zhiming Bao | National University of Singapore
    Marlyse Baptista | University of Michigan
    Alan N. Baxter | Universidade Federal da Bahia
    J. Clancy Clements | Indiana University
    Viviane Déprez | Rutgers University
    ORCID logoDagmar Deuber | Universität Münster
    ORCID logoBart Jacobs | Jagiellonian University, Krakow
    Michele Kennedy | The University of the West Indies, Jamaica
    John M. Lipski | The Pennsylvania State University
    Victor Manfredi | Boston University
    Charles C. Mann | Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
    ORCID logoStephen Matthews | The University of Hong Kong
    ORCID logoFelicity Meakins | University of Queensland
    Jonathan Owens | University of Bayreuth
    ORCID logoIngo Plag | Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
    Paul T. Roberge | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Stellenbosch University
    ORCID logoJeff Siegel | University of New England, Australia
    ORCID logoEeva M. Sippola | University of Helsinki
    Editorial Advisory Committee
    Eric A. Anchimbe | Universität Bayreuth
    Margot van den Berg | University of Utrecht
    Anne-Marie Brousseau | University of Toronto
    ORCID logoAna Deumert | University of Cape Town
    Nicholas Faraclas | University of Puerto Rico
    Tjerk Hagemeijer | Universidade de Lisboa
    Fabiola Henri | University of Kentucky
    Alain Kihm | Université Paris-Diderot & CNRS
    Philipp Krämer | Universität Berli
    Marivic Lesho | Franklin University, Columbus Ohio
    ORCID logoStefano Manfredi | Campus CNRS de Villejuif
    Susanne Maria Michaelis | Universität Leipzig
    Unn Gyda Næss | Norwegian Defence University College
    Mikael Parkvall | Stockholms universitet
    Aaliya Rajah-Carrim | Open University of Mauritius
    Eric Louis Russell | University of California, Davis
    ORCID logoSandro Sessarego | University of Texas at Austin
    Devyani Sharma | Queen Mary College, University of London
    Karin Speedy | The University of Adelaide
    Kofi Yakpo | Hong Kong University
    Viveka Velupillai | Universität Giessen
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    Editors:   Review editor:
    Bettina Migge Anthony Grant John McWhorter
    bettinamigge at granta at jm3156 at


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    Main BIC Subject

    CF/2ZP: Linguistics/Pidgins & Creoles

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General