Languages in Contact: The Partial Restructuring of Vernaculars

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Januar 2012



This accounts for the structural differences between non-Creole language varieties and their European source languages.


1. Language contact and partial restructuring; 2. Social factors in partial restructuring; 3. The verb phrase; 4. The noun phrase; 5. The structure of clauses; 6. Conclusions.


John Holm is Chair, English Linguistics and Director, Graduate Program in Descriptive Linguistics at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.


Review of the hardback: 'With its cogent argumentation, supported by well-chosen examples and data clearly displayed in tables, Languages in Contact not only validates a promising hypothesis for explaining the varieties analyzed [BP, African American English, Non-standard Caribbean Spanish, Afrikaans and Reunionnais French] but also outlines what may turn out to be a particularly fertile research paradigm.' Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages Review of the hardback: 'Despite its modest length, this endeavour of linking the sociolinguistic to linguistic factors shared by five languages represents an exciting step in better understanding processes involved in the formation of contact languages.' Canadian Journal of Lingusitics Review of the hardback: 'A comparative approach to creolistics is nothing new, and Holm is a past master at it, but this work, essential reading for all interested in creolistics, is the first classic (and let us hope, by no means the last) of the new field of comparative semi-creolistics.' Language in Society
EAN: 9780521430517
ISBN: 0521430518
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2012
Seitenanzahl: 196 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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