Gradual Creolization: Studies Celebrating Jacques Arends

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Rachel Selbach, Hugo C. Cardoso, Margot van den Berg
John Benjamins Publishing, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 392 pages
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Is creolization an abrupt or a gradual process? In this volume leading scholars provide both comparative and case studies that outline their working definitions and their views on the particular or average time depth, or key processes necessary for contact language formation, providing a state-of-the art assessment of the theory of gradual creolization. Authors scrutinize the roles of nativization, demography, initial settlement, language composition, koineization, adstrate presence, bilingualism, as well as a variety of structural features in pidgins, creoles and other contact languages world-wide. From Pacific to Atlantic, French-, English-, Dutch-, Portuguese- and other-lexified restructured varieties are covered. Syntactic, lexical, phonological, historical and socio-cultural studies are grouped into Part 1, Linguistic analysis, and Part 2, Social reconstruction. This volume provides the multi-faceted groundwork and expert discussion that will help formulate further a model of gradual creolization, as called for by the work of the late Jacques Arends.
 

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Contents

One more cup of coffee
3
Jacques Arends model of gradual creolization
13
Linguistic analysis
25
Productive bimorphemic structuresand the concept of gradual creolization
27
Gradual vs abrupt creolization and recent changes in Daman Creole Portuguese
55
Gradual restructuring in Ecuadorian Quechua
77
A note on the process of lexical diffusion in the development of creoles
101
Change in the possessive system of French Caribbean Creole Languages
113
In search of a submerged phonology
Sociohistorical reconstruction
Bilingualism and creolization in Solomon Islands
Lingua Franca in West Africa?
The formation of the Portuguesebased Creoles
Englishspeaking in early Surinam?
The demographic context of creolization in early English Jamaica 16551700
The Founder Principle and Anguillas Homestead Society

The origin and development of possibility in the creoles of Suriname
129
The Saramaccan lexicon
155
Development of a creole lexicon
173
Gradualism in the transfer of tone spread rules in Saramaccan
189
Demographic factors in the formation of French Guianese Creole
Index
The series Creole Language Library
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