The Syntax of Mauritian Creole

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A&C Black, Dec 20, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 336 pages
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Creole
languages have in recent years become a valuable source of data for current
theories of syntax and theories of child/adult language
acquisition. However, grammars of these languages, particularly those
couched within theoretical frameworks of one kind of another, are few and far
between.

This book contributes directly to creole linguistics by providing a
detailed study of different aspects of the syntax of Mauritian creole within
the theoretical framework of Principles and Parameters (Chomsky, 1981) and
Minimalism (1995). It gives the reader a detailed account of the structure
of this language and insight into the nature of creole languages, with
implications for current cartographic and minimalist thinking on the structure
and derivation of phrases and clauses. It will appeal to researchers of
grammar and syntax, language acquisition, contact linguistics and
sociolinguistics.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Structure of Clauses
23
3 Structure of Noun Phrases
51
4 Tense Mood and Aspect
105
5 Negation and Negative Concord
137
6 Verb Complementation and Structure of Verbs
173
7 WhMovement and Structure of Complementizer Phrases
249
Notes
283
Bibliography
288
Index
299
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Dr Anand
Syea is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Westminster, UK,
and is co-editor (with Dr Philip Baker) of Changing Meanings, Changing
Functions: Papers relating to grammaticalization in contact languages
(1996).

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