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  1. paul, Issues in the Study of Pidgin and Creole Languages: Lefebvre

Message 1: Issues in the Study of Pidgin and Creole Languages: Lefebvre

Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 11:10:46 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: Issues in the Study of Pidgin and Creole Languages: Lefebvre

Title: Issues in the Study of Pidgin and Creole Languages
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 70

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	John Benjamins

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Author: Claire Lefebvre

Hardback: ISBN: 9027230803, Pages: xvi, 358 pp.
	 Price: Europe EURO 99.00


The content of this book is concerned with various issues at stake in
Creole studies that are also of interest for general
linguistics. These include the general issue of Creole genesis and of
the accelerated linguistic change that characterizes the emergence of
these languages as compared to ordinary cases of linguistic change,
the problem of the development of morphology in incipient Creoles, the
problem of the validity of data in linguistic analysis, the issue of
multifunctionality as regards the concept of lexical entry, the
question of whether Creole languages are semantically more transparent
than languages not known as Creoles, the issue of whether Creole
languages constitute a typologically identifiable class and the
problem of the interaction between the processes involved in the
emergence and development of Creole languages. The purpose of this
book is to present the major debates that are currently taking place
in the field of Creole studies; evaluate the arguments against data
(mainly drawn from Haitian Creole); and address the issues at stake
within the framework of new paradigms. The various positions on each
issue are summarized on the basis of a thorough review of the

Table of contents

List of tables xi 
Preface xiii 
List of abbreviations xv 
Introduction 1 
The genesis of pidgin and creole languages: A State of the Art 7 
The relexification account of creole genesis. The case of Haitian
	Creole 37
What do creole studies have to offer to mainstream linguistics? 125
On data 139 
Multifunctionality and the concept of lexical entry 155 
On the semantic opacity of creole languages 181 
Do creole languages really form a typological class? 207 
The interplay of relexification and levelling in creole genesis and
	development 231
The emergence of productive morphology in creole languages: The case
	of Haitian Creole 259
References 309 
Appendices 341 
Index of authors 349 
Index of subjects 355

Lingfield(s):	Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Haitian Creole French (Language Code: HAT)

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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