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The Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Studies

ISBN: 978-1-4443-0599-9
704 pages
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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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
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List of Abbreviations.

1 Introduction (Silvia Kouwenberg and John Victor Singler).

Part I Properties of Pidgins and Creoles.

2 Atlantic Creole Syntax (Donald Winford).

3 Forging Pacific Pidgin and Creole Syntax: Substrate, Discourse, and Inherent Variability (Miriam Meyerhoff).

4 Pidgin and Creole Morphology (Terry Crowley).

5 Creole Phonology (Norval S. H. Smith).

6 Pidgins versus Creoles and Pidgincreoles (Peter Bakker).

7 Non-Indo-European Pidgins and Creoles (Kees Versteegh).

Part II Perspectives on Pidgin/Creole Genesis.

8 Pidgins/Creoles, and Second Language Acquisition (Jeff Siegel).

9 Creole Genesis: The Impact of the Language Bioprogram Hypothesis (Tonjes Veenstra).

10 Pidgins/Creoles and Historical Linguistics (Sarah G. Thomason).

11 Pidgins/Creoles and Contact Languages: An Overview (Rajend Mesthrie).

12 Creole Studies and Multilingualism (Pieter Muysken).

13 A Demographic Perspective on Creole Formation (Jacques Arends).

14 The Sociohistorical Context of Creole Genesis (John Victor Singler).

15 The Cultural in Pidgin Genesis (Christine Jourdan).

Part III Pidgins/Creoles and Linguistic Explanation.

16 Grammaticalization in Pidgins and Creoles (Adrienne Bruyn).

17 Creoles, Markedness, and Default Settings: An Appraisal (Alain Kihm).

18 Semantic Evidence in Pidgin and Creole Genesis (George Huttar).

19 Pidgins, Creoles, and Variation (Peter L. Patrick).

Part IV Pidgins/Creoles and Kindred Languages.

20 The Case of Signed Languages in the Context of Pidgin and Creole Studies (Judy Kegl).

21 Pidgins/Creoles and African American English (Arthur K. Spears).

22 Spanish-Based Creoles in the Caribbean (John M. Lipski).

Part V Pidgins/Creoles in Society.

23 Pidgins/Creoles and Discourse (Geneviève Escure).

24 Pidgins/Creoles and Education (Dennis Craig).

25 Language Planning in Pidgins and Creoles (Hubert Devonish).

26 Literary Representations of Creole Languages: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives from the Caribbean (Hélène Buzelin and Lise Winer).

Author Index.

Language Index.

Subject Index.

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Silvia Kouwenberg is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica). Her publications include A Grammar of Berbice Dutch (1994), Papiamentu (with Eric Murray, 1994), and Twice as Meaningful: Reduplication in Pidgins, Creoles and Other Contact Languages (edited, 2003).

John Victor Singler is Professor of Linguistics at New York University. His publications include An Introduction to Liberian English (1981) and Pidgin and Creole Tense-Mood-Aspect Systems (edited, 1990).

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  • 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 properties 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
See More
"This handbook provides a timely overview of a constantly changing and growing field and serves as a handy reference for anyone working on pidgins and creoles or related issues."
James Walker, York University

"A most informative handbook on pidgin and creole languages. Superbly edited, and written by the preeminent scholars in the field."
Armin Schwegler, University of California, Irvine

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