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Title Roots of Creole structures [electronic resource] : weighing the contribution of substrates and superstrates / edited by Susanne Michaelis.

Imprint Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins, ©2008.

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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 425 pages) : illustrations.
Series Creole language library ; v. 33
Creole language library ; v. 33.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Roots of Creole Structures; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Table of contents; The problem of multiple substrates; The superstrate is not always the lexifier; In praise of the cafeteria principle; Tense marking and inflectional morphology in Indo-Portuguese creoles; Vowel epenthesis and creole syllable structure; The origin of the Portuguese words in Saramaccan; Encoding path in Mauritian Creole and Bhojpuri; On the principled nature of the respective contributions of substrate and superstrate languages to a creole's lexicon; Valency patterns in Seychelles Creole.
Summary This book reflects an ongoing shift in the study of contact languages: After a period of history-free universalism, it directs the attention to the individual historical circumstances under which the pidgin and creole languages arose. The contributions deal with different areas of language structure including phonology, morphology, and syntax, providing a wealth of structural and sociohistorical data that any comprehensive theory of contact languages will have to account for. Each of the papers provides a thorough description of a structural phenomenon against the background of the sociohistor.
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Subject Creole dialects -- Grammar.
Substratum (Linguistics)
Languages in contact.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Michaelis, Susanne.
Other Form: Print version: Roots of Creole structures. Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins, ©2008 9789027252555 9027252556 (DLC) 2008019875 (OCoLC)227205843
ISBN 9789027289964 (electronic bk.)
9027289964 (electronic bk.)
9027252556 (cloth)
9789027252555 (cloth)