Nicholas Faraclas

List of John Benjamins publications for which Nicholas Faraclas plays a role.



Subjects Contact Linguistics | Creole studies | Historical linguistics | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology


In this very preliminary commentary on the importance of women in the emergence of colonial era creole languages and cultures, the discussion will first focus on two emblematic cases of the momentous influence of women over the two major types of creolization that typify the colonial Caribbean: (1)… read more
A comparison of some of the assumptions that underpin current debates among linguists over the emergence of creole languages with some of those that undergird recent debates among historians over the emergence of racialized slavery reveals some common biases that render both of limited utility in… read more
Faraclas, Nicholas, Marie-Françoise Crouch, Diana Ursulin Mopsus, Micah Corum, Barry Green, Corinne Paulk, Curtis Hendon and Jane Verdin 2012 Influences of Houma ancestral languages on Houma French: West Muskogean features in Houma FrenchAgency in the Emergence of Creole Languages: The role of women, renegades, and people of African and indigenous descent in the emergence of the colonial era creoles, Faraclas, Nicholas (ed.), pp. 185–214 | Article
By considering the emergence of Houma French in its political, social, and cultural context and by avoiding mono-causal scenarios for its development, we demonstrate how indigenous language patterns and indigenous agency can be traced, detected and validated in Houma French. An acknowledgement of… read more
Although most creolists agree that the Atlantic and Pacific colonial era English-lexifier Creoles have a number of linguistic forms and functions in common, no agreement has as yet been reached concerning the extent, the significance, or the source of these shared features. Over the past decades,… read more
González-López, Cándida, Lourdes González Cotto, Pier Angeli LeCompte Zambrana, Micah Corum, Diana Ursulin Mopsus, Rhoda Arrindell, Jean Ourdy Pierre, Marta Viada Bellido de Luna and Nicholas Faraclas 2012 Marginalized peoples and Creole Genesis: Sociétés de cohabitation and the Founder PrincipleAgency in the Emergence of Creole Languages: The role of women, renegades, and people of African and indigenous descent in the emergence of the colonial era creoles, Faraclas, Nicholas (ed.), pp. 215–224 | Article
The tendencies toward decontextualization, mono-causal scenarios, and the erasure of the agency of marginalized peoples that have been identified and criticized in the preceding chapters are more often than not due more to the outmoded paradigm of science within which most linguists and other… read more
The now extinct indigenous languages of the insular Caribbean belonged to the North Arawakan sub-family. Given that no written grammatical descriptions seem to have survived of these languages, one of the only ways to gain some idea of what constituted their grammatical features is to make a… read more
Contrary to most of the dominant discourses on Caribbean history, a close and critical re-examination and re-analysis of historical, archaeological, genetic, and other evidence suggests that the indigenous peoples of the insular Caribbean and their descendants were in the right places, at the right… read more
Zambrana, Pier Angeli LeCompte, Lourdes González Cotto, Diana Ursulin Mopsus, Susana C. De Jesús, Cándida González-López, Brenda Domínguez, Micah Corum, Aida Vergne and Nicholas Faraclas 2012 African agency in the emergence of the Atlantic CreolesAgency in the Emergence of Creole Languages: The role of women, renegades, and people of African and indigenous descent in the emergence of the colonial era creoles, Faraclas, Nicholas (ed.), pp. 41–54 | Article
Because of their extreme marginalization in dominant colonial society, in more cases than not the significant role of people of African descent in shaping the history, politics, economics, cultures, and languages of the Caribbean and the rest of the Atlantic World has been consistently and… read more
Faraclas, Nicholas, Don E. Walicek, Mervyn C. Alleyne, Wilfredo Geigel and Luis A. Ortiz López 2007 The complexity that really matters: The role of political economy in creole genesisDeconstructing Creole, Ansaldo, Umberto, Stephen Matthews and Lisa Lim (eds.), pp. 227–264 | Article
Faraclas, Nicholas, Yolanda Rivera-Castillo and Don E. Walicek 2007 12. No exception to the rule: The tense-aspect-modality system of Papiamentu reconsideredSynchronic and Diachronic Perspectives on Contact Languages, Huber, Magnus and Viveka Velupillai (eds.), pp. 257–278 | Article
Faraclas, Nicholas and Luis A. Ortiz López 2006 Review of Lipski (2005): A History of Afro-Hispanic Language: Five centuries, five continentsDiachronica 23:1, pp. 196–200 | Review
Faraclas, Nicholas 2005 Globalization and the future of Creole languagesJournal of Language and Politics 4:2, pp. 331–365 | Article
The plantation system that gave rise to many existing creoles can be said to be the prototype upon which the current wave of corporate globalization has been modeled (Linebaugh 1992). The daily wages received by the majority of workers worldwide at the beginning of the 21st century are not even… read more
Faraclas, Nicholas, Lourdes Pérez González, Migdalia Medina and Wendell Villanueva Reyes 2005 Ritualized insults and the African diaspora: Sounding in African American Vernacular English and Wording in Nigerian PidginPoliteness and Face in Caribbean Creoles, Mühleisen, Susanne and Bettina Migge (eds.), pp. 45–72 | Article
Faraclas, Nicholas 1989 Prosody and Creolization in Tok PisinJournal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 4:1, pp. 132–139 | To be specified
Although several linguists have noted the similarities between the Atlantic Creoles and West African languages, none has systematically compared the structures of a geographically and genetically balanced sample of West African languages with a creolized language of the Atlantic Basin. This study… read more