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    Emergence of Pidgin and Creole Languages

    ISBN-10: 0199216665
    ISBN-13: 9780199216666
    Author(s): Jeff Siegel
    Description: This book provides explanations for the emergence of contact languages, especially pidgins and creoles. It assesses the current state of research and examines aspects of current theories and approaches that have excited much controversy and debate.  More...
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    Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 320
    Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.628
    Language: English

    This book provides explanations for the emergence of contact languages, especially pidgins and creoles. It assesses the current state of research and examines aspects of current theories and approaches that have excited much controversy and debate. The book answers questions such as: How validis the notion of a pidgin-creole-postcreole life cycle? Why are many features of pidgins and creoles simple in formal terms compared to other languages? And what is the origin of the grammatical innovations in expanded pidgins and creoles - linguistic universals, conventional language change, theinfluence of features of languages in the contact environment, or a mix of two or more factors? In addressing these issues, the author looks at research on processes of second language acquisition and use, including simplification, overgeneralization, and language transfer. He shows how theseprocesses can account for many of the characteristics of contact languages, and proposes linguistic and sociolinguistic constraints on their application in language contact. His analysis is supported with detailed examples and case studies from Pidgin Fijian, Melanesian Pidgin, Hawai'i Creole, NewCaledonian Tayo and Australian Kriol, which he uses as well to assess the merits of competing theories of language genesis. Professor Siegel also considers his research's wider implications for linguistic theory.

    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations
    Introduction
    Morphological Simplicity in Pidgins
    Morphological Simplicity and Expansion in Creoles
    Sources of Morphological Expansion
    Transfer
    Constraints on Substrate Influence
    Substrate Reinforcement
    Predicting Substrate Influence
    Decreolization?
    Conclusion
    References

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