Issues in the Study of Pidgin and Creole Languages

| Université du Québec à Montréal / Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
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The content of this book is concerned with various issues at stake in Creole studies that are also of interest for general linguistics. These include the general issue of Creole genesis and of the accelerated linguistic change that characterizes the emergence of these languages as compared to ordinary cases of linguistic change, the problem of the development of morphology in incipient Creoles, the problem of the validity of data in linguistic analysis, the issue of multifunctionality as regards the concept of lexical entry, the question of whether Creole languages are semantically more transparent than languages not known as Creoles, the issue of whether Creole languages constitute a typologically identifiable class and the problem of the interaction between the processes involved in the emergence and development of Creole languages. The purpose of this book is to present the major debates that are currently taking place in the field of Creole studies; evaluate the arguments against data (mainly drawn from Haitian Creole); and address the issues at stake within the framework of new paradigms. The various positions on each issue are summarized on the basis of a thorough review of the literature.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 70]  2004.  xvi, 358 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of tables
xi
Preface
xiii
List of abbreviations
xv
Introduction
1
The genesis of pidgin and creole languages: A State of the Art
7
The relexification account of creole genesis. The case of Haitian Creole
37
What do creole studies have to offer to mainstream linguistics?
125
On data
139
Multifunctionality and the concept of lexical entry
155
On the semantic opacity of creole languages
181
Do creole languages really form a typological class?
207
The interplay of relexification and levelling in creole genesis and development
231
The emergence of productive morphology in creole languages: The case of Haitian Creole
259
References
309
Appendices
341
Index of authors
349
Index of subjects
355
“As always, Lefebvre's style is clear and systematic, avoiding as much as possible technical terms and complicated theoretical apparatus. And, as was the case with her Creole Genesis, this book is the result of an incredible amount of research. It provides new answers, raises new questions and opens up new perspectives for specialists or dilettantes in creole studies alike.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2004041134