Claire Lefebvre

List of John Benjamins publications for which Claire Lefebvre plays a role.

Titles

Subjects Contact Linguistics | Creole studies | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics

New Perspectives on the Origins of Language

Edited by Claire Lefebvre, Bernard Comrie and Henri Cohen

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 144] 2013. xvi, 582 pp.
Subjects Evolution of language | Historical linguistics | Theoretical linguistics

Creoles, their Substrates, and Language Typology

Edited by Claire Lefebvre

[Typological Studies in Language, 95] 2011. ix, 626 pp.
Subjects Contact Linguistics | Creole studies | Theoretical linguistics | Typology

L2 Acquisition and Creole Genesis: Dialogues

Edited by Claire Lefebvre, Lydia White and Christine Jourdan

Subjects Creole studies | Language acquisition | Multilingualism | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Creole studies | Historical linguistics
Subjects Cognition and language | Syntax | Typology

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This chapter reconsiders the complementizer and the tense-mood-aspect systems of the Papiamentu clause within the framework of the split CP (Rizzi 1997) and the split INFL (Pollock 1989) hypotheses, providing new evidence for the left periphery heads. It provides a detailed account of the… read more | Article
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This chapter discusses coordinating constructions in Fongbe and in Haitian Creole. In Fongbe, clausal conjunctions also serve as complementizers. In both their functions these lexical items introduce tensed clauses only. They are thus marked as [+tense]. This explains why they cannot be used to… read more | Article
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This chapter compares the properties of the functional categories of Saramaccan, Haitian and Papiamentu: The functional categories occurring in nominal structures, conjunctions, complementizers, and Tense, Mood and Aspect markers. read more | Article
This chapter proposes a comparison of the properties of the definite determiners of Saramaccan (with some reference to Haitian), with those of Fongbe and English. The definite determiners per se, the category Number, the demonstrative terms and the possessive phrases are discussed in turn. It is… read more | Article
This book bears on the functional categories of three Caribbean creoles: Saramaccan, Haitian Creole and Papiamentu with two specific goals. The first one is to evaluate the respective contribution of the source languages to the functional categories of the three creoles. The second one is to… read more | Article
This chapter discusses the material presented in this book organized around the various themes announced in the Introduction, and it addresses questions and comments pertinent to the issues related to these themes. The first theme to be addressed is the question of the similarity between the… read more | Article
This chapter discusses the properties and the derivation of the lexical item pa in Papiamentu (Pp). The form pa fulfils several functions: preposition, mood marker, complementizer, and possibly case marker. The first objective of the chapter is to provide a description of the properties of pa for… read more | Article
This chapter bears on the properties of the morpheme ku in Papiamentu. This morpheme is a multifunctional lexical item that serves the functions of preposition, conjunction and complementizer. It is argued that the properties of ku require two lexical entries: ku1, which encompasses its functions… read more | Article
This chapter bears on the properties and on the historical derivation of the multifunctional lexical item táa in Saramaccan. Táa fulfills several functions: it may be used as a verb, a complementizer, a quotative marker, and as a marker conveying similarity or manner. Táa is thus a multifunctional… read more | Article
The form fu (variant u) fulfills several functions. It is a preposition, a mood marker, and a complementizer. Finally, in some contexts, fu appears to function as a case marker. This chapter provides a detailed inventory of all the functions of fu and a detailed description of its properties for… read more | Article
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Lefebvre, Claire 2013 On the relevance of pidgins and creoles in the debate on the origins of languageNew Perspectives on the Origins of Language, Lefebvre, Claire, Bernard Comrie and Henri Cohen (eds.), pp. 441–484
In the literature on the origins and the evolution of language, the general assumption is that language started as a restricted code, referred to as “protolanguage.” Since there is no direct access to data manifesting the nature of incipient human language, it is inferred that restricted linguistic… read more | Article
The aim of this paper is to investigate a subset of the properties of verbs in three Atlantic creoles, Haitian Creole, Saramaccan and Papiamentu – all three created around the same time and sharing the same core substrate languages, but having different lexifier/superstrate languages – and to… read more | Article
This book contains 25 chapters bearing on detailed comparisons of some 30 creoles and their substrate languages. As the substrate languages of these creoles are typologically different, the detailed investigation of substrate features in the creoles leads to a particular answer to the question of… read more | Article
The theory of creole genesis developed in Lefebvre (1998 and related work) is formulated within the framework of the processes otherwise known to play a role in language genesis and language change in general, that is, relexification, grammaticalization and reanalysis. This paper evaluates the… read more | Article
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Lefebvre, Claire 2009 A note on the process of lexical diffusion in the development of creoles: The case of double-object verbsGradual Creolization: Studies celebrating Jacques Arends, Selbach, Rachel, Hugo C. Cardoso and Margot van den Berg (eds.), pp. 101–112
In this paper, I explore the role of lexical diffusion in the development of creole languages through the study of lexical items involved in the double-object construction in Haitian Creole and its substrate languages. First, it is shown that, while the double-object construction is available in… read more | Article
The theory of creole genesis developed in Lefebvre (1998 and related work) is formulated within the framework of the processes otherwise known to play a role in language genesis and language change in general, that is, relexification, grammaticalisation and reanalysis. This paper evaluates the… read more | Article
This paper argues that the respective contributions made to creoles by their substrate and superstrate languages are principled, and that they can be derived from a sound theory of creole genesis. More specifically, it is shown that the division can be derived from the nature and extent of the main… read more | Article
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Lefebvre, Claire and Isabelle Therrien 2007 13. On Papiamentu kuLanguage Description, History and Development: Linguistic indulgence in memory of Terry Crowley, Siegel, Jeff, John Lynch and Diana Eades (eds.), pp. 169–182
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Lefebvre, Claire and Isabelle Therrien 2007 11. On the properties of Papiamentu pa: Synchronic and diachronic perspectivesSynchronic and Diachronic Perspectives on Contact Languages, Huber, Magnus and Viveka Velupillai (eds.), pp. 215–255
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The formfu(variantu) fulfills several functions. It is a preposition selecting NPs and clauses, tensed or infinitival. It is a mood marker occurring either between the subject and the verb, or before the subject. It is a complementiser selected by predicates of thewant-class; as such it is in a… read more | Article
Lefebvre, Claire, Lydia White and Christine Jourdan 2006 IntroductionL2 Acquisition and Creole Genesis: Dialogues, Lefebvre, Claire, Lydia White and Christine Jourdan (eds.), pp. 1–14
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Lefebvre, Claire 2004 6. Coordinating constructions in Fongbe with reference to Haitian CreoleCoordinating Constructions, Haspelmath, Martin (ed.), pp. 123–164
1.Introduction 2. The conjunction b 2.1 b as a coordinating conjunction 2.2 b as a complementiser 2.3 A unified analysis of b 3. The conjunction bó 3.1 bó as a coordinating conjunction 3.2 bó as a complementiser 3.3 A unified account of bó 3.4 Does bó… read more | Chapter
Lefebvre, Claire 2001 1. Relexification in creole genesis and its effects on the development of the creoleCreolization and Contact, Smith, Norval and Tonjes Veenstra (eds.), pp. 9 ff.
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Lefebvre, Claire 2000 On dataJournal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 15:2, pp. 313–337
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The aim of this paper is to document the presence of substratum semantics in the verbal inventory of Haitian creole on the basis of a comparison of a sample of verbs in Haitian, French (its lexifier language) and Fongbe (one of its substratum languages). The paper begins with a comparison of the… read more | Article
A multifunctional item is a lexical item that has more than one function. This paper argues that the determiner of Haitian and Fongbe is a multifunctional head. It can appear as the head of several functional category projections, namely, DP, MoodP, TP, and AspP. Given the Projection Principle, how… read more | Article
The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, I present a formal representation of the process of relexification hypothesized to play a role in the formation of creole languages. Second, I show how this process operates on the basis of a subset of Haitian data. read more | Article
It is often assumed that creolization involves a break in the transmission of grammar. On the basis of data drawn from the TMA system of Haitian creole, as compared with those of its source languages — French, the superstratum language, and Fongbe, one of the substratum languages — this paper… read more | Article
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In this paper we examine the morphology of Haitian with respect to two issues widely discussed in the literature on creoles: 1) the substratum issue, formulated in our view in terms of the role played by relexification in the formation of Haitian Creole; and 2) the widespread assumption that creole… read more | Article
Lefebvre, Claire 1989 Some problems in defining syntactic variables: The case of WH questions in Montreal FrenchLanguage Change and Variation, Fasold, Ralph W. and Deborah Schiffrin (eds.), pp. 351 ff.
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Lefebvre, Claire and Diane Massam 1988 Haitian Creole Syntax: A Case for Det as HeadJournal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 3:2, pp. 213–243
In this paper we examine several aspects of Haitian Creole syntax in light of the recent proposal that a determiner can be the head of a minor maximal projection. We argue that an incorporation of this proposal into the analysis of several aspects of Haitian Creole syntax, including clause… read more | Article
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