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Tue Sep 18 2007

Diss: Syntax: Durrleman: 'The Syntax of Jamaican Creole : A cartogr...'

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        1.    Stephanie Durrleman, The Syntax of Jamaican Creole : A cartographic perspective

Message 1: The Syntax of Jamaican Creole : A cartographic perspective
Date: 18-Sep-2007
From: Stephanie Durrleman <stephanie.durrlemanlettres.unige.ch>
Subject: The Syntax of Jamaican Creole : A cartographic perspective
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Institution: University of Geneva
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2007

Author: Stephanie Durrleman

Dissertation Title: The Syntax of Jamaican Creole : A cartographic perspective

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Jamaican Creole English (jam)

Dissertation Director:
Luigi Rizzi

Dissertation Abstract:

This work explores the syntax of Jamaican Creole from a cartographic
perspective. The cartographic view, as outlined in Cinque (1999, 2002) and
Rizzi (1997, 2004), upholds the existence of a rich array of hierarchically
organized projections, thus proposing to account for syntax in terms of a
highly detailed functional map. The dissertation therefore examines to what
extent the grammar of Jamaican Creole provides morphological manifestations
of an articulate IP, CP and DP. The data considered in this work offers new
evidence in favour of these enriched structural analyses, and the instances
where surface orders differ from the underlying functional skeleton are
accounted for in terms of movement operations. The investigation of
Jamaican syntax in this thesis therefore allows us to conclude that the
'poor' inflectional morphology typical of Creole languages in general and
of (basilectal) Jamaican Creole in particular, does not correlate with poor
structural architecture. Indeed the free morphemes discussed, as well as
the word order considerations that indicate syntactic movement to
designated projections, serve as arguments in favour of a rich underlying
functional map.

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