Deconstructing Creole

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| University of Amsterdam
| University of Hong Kong
| University of Amsterdam
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Deconstructing Creole is a collection of studies aimed at critically assessing the idea of creole languages as a homogeneous structural type with shared and peculiar patterns of genesis. Following up on the critical discussion of notions of ‘creole exceptionalism’ as historical and ideological constructs, this volume tests the basic assumptions that underlie current attempts to present ‘creole structure’ as a special type, from typological as well as sociohistorical perspectives. The sum of the findings presented here suggests that careful empirical investigation of input varieties and contact environments can explain the structural output without recourse to an exceptional genesis scenario. Echoing calls to dissolve the notion of ‘creolization’ as a special diachronic process, this volume proposes that theoretically grounded approaches to the notions of simplicity, complexity, transmission, etc. do not warrant considering so-called ‘creole’ languages as a special synchronic type.
[Typological Studies in Language, 73]  2007.  xii, 292 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
xi
Deconstructing creole: The rationale
Umberto Ansaldo and Stephen Matthews
1–18
Part I: Typology and grammar
19
Creole morphology revisited
Joseph T. Farquharson
21–37
The role of typology in language creation: A descriptive take
Enoch Oladé Aboh and Umberto Ansaldo
39–66
Creoles, complexity and associational semantics
David Gil
67–108
Admixture and after: The Chamic languages and the Creole prototype
Anthony P. Grant
109–139
Relexification and pidgin development: The case of Cape Dutch Pidgin
Hans den Besten
141–164
Part II: Sociohistorical contexts
165
Transmission and transfer
Jeff Siegel
167–201
The sociolinguistic history of the Peranakans: What it tells us about 'creolization'
Umberto Ansaldo, Lisa Lim and Salikoko S. Mufwene
203–226
The complexity that really matters: The role of political economy in creole genesis
Nicholas Faraclas, Don E. Walicek, Mervyn C. Alleyne, Wilfredo Geigel and Luis A. Ortiz López
227–264
Creole metaphors in cultural analysis
Roxy Harris and Ben Rampton
265–285
Index
287–290
“This book will arouse controversy. [...] the time has come to reexamine, perhaps rethink some of the key notions of creole studies - including the issue of whether there really should be a creole studies - and this book is a landmark on the way to that.”
“It is clear that in a collection like the present, the idea of "deconstruction" in the sense of discovering, recognizing, and understanding the implicit assumptions and frameworks that from the basis for thought and belief can be followed only to a certain extent. Deconstructing Creole is an important volume, however, in that it is one of the first that engages in a much needed metaphorical discourse on Creole Studies. Hopefully this work will trigger further research that explores fuzzy boundaries within the field, raising questions about the age-old binary oppositions that often shape how Creoles are conceptualized. This collection should be a very welcome addition to the library of both scholars working on typological and grammatical issues in Creole Studies and those doing socio-historical research.”
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Subjects

Linguistics

Creole studies
Typology
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007013803