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Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity Why Do Languages Undress?

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ISBN-10: 1934078395

ISBN-13: 9781934078396

Edition: 2012

Authors: John H. McWhorter

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In John McWhorter s Defining Creole anthology of 2005, his collected articles conveyed the following theme: His hypothesis that creole languages are definable not just in the sociohistorical sense, but in the grammatical sense. His publicationssince the 1990s have argued that all languages of the world that lack a certain three traits together are creoles (i.e. born as pidgins a few hundred years ago and fleshed out into real languages). He also argued that in light of their pidgin birth, such languages are less grammatically complex than others, as the result of their recent birth as pidgins. These two claims have been highly controversial among creolists as well as other linguists. In…    
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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter, Inc.
Publication date: 6/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 348
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English