The Genesis of a Language: The Formation and Development of Korlai Portuguese
Korlai Portuguese (KP), a Portuguese-based creole only recently discovered by linguists, originated around 1520 on the west coast of India. Initially isolated from its Hindu and Muslim neighbors by social and religious barriers, the small Korlai community lost virtually all Portuguese contact as well after 1740. This volume is the first-ever comprehensive treatment of the formation, linguistic components, and rapidly changing situation of this exotic creole.
The product of ten years of research, Korlai Creole Portuguese provides an exciting, in-depth diachronic look at a language that is now showing the strain of intense cultural pressure from the surrounding Marathi-speaking population. Framed in Thomason and Kaufman's 1988 model of contact-induced language change, the author's analysis is enriched by numerous comparisons with sister creoles, apart from medieval Portuguese and Marathi.
This book contrastively examines the following areas:
phonemic inventories, phonological processes, stress assignment, syllable structure, paradigm restructuring, paradigm use, lexicon, word formation, semantic borrowing, loan translations, grammatical relation marking, pre- and postnominal modification, negation, subject and object deletion, embedding, and word order.
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Chapter 1 Sociohistorical and linguistic background of the ChaulKorlai area
Chapter 2 Description of Korlai Portuguese
Chapter 3 Thomason and Kaufmans model of contactinduced language change
Chapter 4 Phonological systems of Middle Portuguese Marathi and Korlai Portuguese
Chapter 5 Paradigm Restructuring in Korlai Portuguese
Chapter 6 The Korlai Portuguese lexicon
Chapter 7 General syntactic structure of Middle Portuguese Marathi and Korlai Portuguese
Chapter 8 Thoughts on the future of Korlai Portuguese
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adjective ADJP adposition allophonic Bombay chapter Chaul clause consonant contact intensity contact situation contact-induced language change creolization cultural pressure Dalgado Daman deletion displays distinction elements epenthesis example function given grammar hedze hika Indian Christians kadz Kapil Dev kata katad Korlai Korlai Portuguese Korlai villagers KP speakers KP words KP's language shift lexemes lexical category lexical items lexicon loanwords Marathi and KP Marathi influence Marathi speakers marker morro MP and Marathi mutual linguistic accommodation nahi nasal native negation Norteiro nouns older paradigm paradigmatic structures Pedru penult percentage phonemes phonological pidgin Portuguese vocabulary Portuguese-based postnominal postpositions prenominal preposed prepositions present priests pronouns QUANT1 relative retroflex consonants s/he schwa semantic sentence speak Marathi speech stress assignment structural borrowing suffix syllable syntactic T-units typological unmarked verb vocabulary vowel vowel harmony VX order word order word-final word-initial XV order