Pidgins and Creoles Volume 1 Theory and Structure

Author: John A. Holm
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521271080
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This first volume of Holm's major survey of pidgins and creoles provides a readable introduction to a field of study that has become established only in the past few decades. Written for both students and general readers with a basic knowledge of linguistics, the book's original perspective will also attract specialists in the field seeking a broad overview of the linguistic and sociolinguistic relationships between these languages. Restructured versions of English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, and other languages arose during European colonial expansion, resulting in such creoles as Jamaican, Haitian, Papiamentu, and some one hundred others, as well as such semi-creoles as Afrikaans, non-standard Brazilian Portuguese, and American Black English. Scholars have tended to work on particular language varieties in relative isolation rather than undertaking comparative research into the genesis, development, and structure of creoles. In this book, however, Holm draws on studies of a broad range of languages to make clear the extent of creoles' differences and similarities. The core of this volume is a comparative study of creoles based on European languages in Africa and the Caribbean in terms of their lexical semantics, phonology, and syntax. Volume 2 presents an overview of the socio-historical development of each of some one hundred pidgins, creoles and semi-creoles, providing texts and highlighting the salient linguistic features of each.

Sociolinguistics

Author: R. A. Hudson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521565141
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New edition of widely-acclaimed textbook, including new sections on up-to-date topics for the 1990s.

Historical Linguistics

Author: Theodora Bynon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521291880
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Historical Linguistics is concerned with the process of language change through time. It investigates how and why the language of individuals, a social group or a whole 'speech community' develops in respect of its pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. Dr Bynon regards language as essentially a dynamic phenomenon, whose character can be at best only partly understood by a static, and necessarily idealized, synchronic approach. In Part I she establishes the theoretical framework by providing a systematic survey of the three main models of language development - the neogrammarian, structuralist, and transformational generative. Examples drawn substantially from English and German, but also from classical languages, French, Welsh and a variety of others, are used to explain and compare these approaches. In Part II she turns to sociolinguistics and shows how changes within a language over a period of time, and changes brought about by contact between languages, are both indicators and agents of more general cultural developments. Accounts of bilingualism and of pidgin and Creole languages are included as well as wider-ranging examples of different kinds of borrowing such as loan words, loan translations and extensions of meaning. The student is provided with a practical and critical guide both to what has been done and what can be done to discover and verify these linguistic relationships. Designed primarily as a textbook for linguistics and philology students, this book will also be of interest to those studying English language, classics and modern languages.

Pidgins and Creoles

Author: Jacques Arends
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 902725236X
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For review see: Geneviève Escure, in New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, vol. 72, no. 1 & 2 (1998); p. 192-194. - For abstract see: Caribbean Abstracts, no. 7, 1995-1996 (1997); p. 11, no. 0018.

Understanding Language Change

Author: April M. S. McMahon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521446655
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This textbook analyses changes from every area of grammar and addresses recent developments in socio-historical linguistics.

An Introduction to Contact Linguistics

Author: Donald Winford
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9780631212508
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This book is a comprehensive introduction to the study of language contact and its outcomes, as well as the social and linguistic factors involved. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of contact linguistics. Examines a wide range of language contact phenomena from both general linguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives. Offers an account of current approaches to all of the major types of contact-induced change. Discusses the general processes and principles that are at work in cases of contact.

The Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Studies

Author: Silvia Kouwenberg
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444305999
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Featuring an international contributor list, this long-awaited and broad-ranging collection examines the key issues, topics and research in pidgin and creole studies. A comprehensive reference work exploring the treatment of core aspects of pidgins/creoles, focusing on the questions that animate creole studies Brings together newly-commissioned entries by an international contributor team Accessibly structured into four sections covering: the character of pidgins and creoles; the relation of pidgins/creoles to other language phenomena and other languages; issues in pidgin/creole genesis; and the role of pidgins/creoles in society Provides a valuable resource for students, scholars and researchers working across a number linguistic disciplines, including sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, and the anthropology of language

Language in Australia

Author: Suzanne Romaine
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521339834
Format: PDF, ePub
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Linguists and non-linguists will find in this volume a guide and reference source to the rich linguistic heritage of Australia.