Creolization and Contact

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Norval Smith, Tonjes Veenstra
John Benjamins Publishing, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 323 pages
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This volume contains revised and extended versions of a selection of the papers presented at The Amsterdam Workshop on Language Contact and Creolization. These studies apply the concept of relexification to creoles as well as other contact languages; highlight the relevance of strategies of second language learning for theories of pidgin/creole genesis; critically discuss the notions levelling (koine formation) and convergence; the relation between types of contact situations and processes of crosslinguistic influence; as well as the linguistic consequences of the social structure of the plantation system. In addition to discussing English-, French-, and Dutch-related creoles, the papers cover a wide range of contact languages spoken throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe. The breadth and coverage makes this an indispensable title for research in the field of contact linguistics.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Relexification in creole genesis and its effects
9
Its depiction in recent literature
81
Paralexification in language intertwining
113
Pidginization creolization and creoloids in Stockholm Sweden
125
Koine formation and creole genesis
175
Convergence and explanations in creole genesis
219
Contactinduced language change and PidginCreole genesis
249
Yiddish as a contact language
263
Social stratification and network relations
291
Index of languages
309
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