Noun Phrases in Creole Languages: A Multi-faceted Approach

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Marlyse Baptista, Jacqueline Guéron
John Benjamins Publishing, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 493 pages
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This volume offers a thorough examination of the syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and discourse properties of noun phrases in a wide variety of creole (and non-creole) languages including Cape Verdean Creole, Santome, Papiamentu, Guinea-Bissau Creole, Mindanao Chabacano, Réunionnais Creole, Lesser Antillean, Haitian Creole, Mauritian Creole, Seychellois, Sranan, Jamaican Creole, Berbice Dutch Creole and African American English. Comparative studies also consider the determiner systems of Middle and Modern French, European Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Ewe, Fon and Gun. This compilation of 16 chapters brings together descriptive, theoretical, diachronic and synchronic studies that focus on the structure and interpretation of bare nouns in creoles. The contributions demonstrate the variety and complex nature of determiner systems in creoles and their widespread use of bare nouns in comparison to their source languages. This volume is evidence of the relevance of creole languages to theories of language creation, language change and linguistic theory in general.
 

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Contents

Bare nouns and the nominal domain in Santome
43
On the syntax and semantics of DP in Cape Verdean Creole
65
A comparative study
107
On the interpretation of bare noun phrases in GuineaBissau
145
Structural
173
A fresh consensus in the making
205
Bare nouns in Reunionnais Creole
225
The bare NP in Lesser Antillean
243
Bare nouns and articles in Sranan
339
Aspects of the syntax and semantics of bare nouns in Jamaican Creole
383
NPs in aspectual Be constructions in African American English
403
Bare nouns in African American English AAE
421
Bare nouns in Berbice Dutch Creole
437
A synthetic
461
Functional deficiency ellipsis or innovation in creole languages?
471
Subject index
485

From
265
Implicit determination and plural
301

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