Kriyol Syntax: The Portuguese-based Creole Language of Guinea-Bissau

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 310 pages
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This book describes the Portuguese-based Creole which is widely spoken as a first language in Guinea-Bissau. The study focuses on one variety, 'central Kriyol', and its main aim is to present a complete description of the grammar of the language. The theoretical framework for the syntactic analysis is purposely eclectic but relies primarily on Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar, and ample attention is paid to the cognitive or semantic dimension in the explanation of linguistic facts. After a short introduction on the history and phonology of the language and the organization of the study, there are chapters dealing with the simple sentence, Tense and Aspect, the noun phrase, the complex sentence, topicalization/focalization/questions, and Middles/Passives/Causatives. The final chapter discusses Kriyol texts, especially comic-books, from which a considerable number of examples used in the study are taken.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 The simple sentence
21
Chapter 3 Tense and Aspect
83
Chapter 4 The noun phrase
125
Chapter 5 The complex sentence
187
topicalization focalization and questions
217
Chapter 7 Middles Passives and Causatives
241
a few considerations on Kriyol texts especially comicbooks
263
Notes
269
References
297
Index
307
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