LINGUIST List 14.2504

Mon Sep 22 2003

Books: Phonology, Western Atlantic Creole: Devonish

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  1. arawakpub, Talking Rhythm Stressing Tone: Devonish

Message 1: Talking Rhythm Stressing Tone: Devonish

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 14:40:32 +0000
From: arawakpub <>
Subject: Talking Rhythm Stressing Tone: Devonish

Title: Talking Rhythm Stressing Tone
Subtitle: The Role of Prominence in Anglo-West African Creole
Series Title: Caribbean Language Series
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Arawak Publications

Availability: Available
Author: Hubert Devonish				

Paperback: ISBN: 9768189258, Pages: 214, Price: US$20
Using an original concept of how prominence works in the phonology,
Talking Rhythm Stressing Tone makes a systematic comparison of the
suprasegmental systems of the Anglo-West African Creole languages
spoken in the Caribbean, South America and West Africa. The original
nature of the theoretical approach produces new and revealing analyses
of the hybrid suprasegmental systems of these languages. These
analyses point to the origins of these systems, emerging as they did
out of situations of language contact. The author examines how
enslaved speakers of West African languages modified the tonal systems
they originally used in their native languages to accommodate the mass
of new vocabulary, mainly from English, with which they were faced in
plantation societies in the Americas. The work demonstrates the
processes by which this happened and explores in detail the end point
of these processes, i.e. the combined systems of tone and stress
typical of modern Anglo-West African Creole languages.

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Lingfield(s): Phonology
Language Family(ies): Western Atlantic Creole

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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