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Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Fri Dec 8 14:04:33 UTC 2006

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Structure and Variation in Language Contact
 Creole Language Library 29, 2006
 John Benjamins

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Editor: Ana Deumert
Editor: Stephanie Durrleman

This volume presents a careful selection of fifteen articles presented at
the SPCL meetings in Atlanta, Boston and Hawai'i in 2003 and 2004. The
contributions reflect - from various perspectives and using different
types of data - on the interplay between structure and variation in
contact languages, both synchronically and diachronically. The
contributors consider a wide range of languages, including Surinamese
creoles, Chinook Jargon, Yiddish, AAVE, Haitian Creole, Afro-Hispanic and
Afro-Portuguese varieties, Nigerian Pidgin, Sri Lankan Malay, Papiamentu,
and Bahamian Creole English (Hackert). A need to question and test
existing claims regarding pidginization/creolization is evident in all
contributions, and the authors provide analyses for a variety of
grammatical structures:  VO-ordering and affixation, agglutination,
negation, TMAs, plural marking, the copula, and serial verb constructions.
The volume provides ample evidence for the observation that pidgin/creole
studies is today a mature subfield of linguistics which is making
important contributions to general linguistic theory.

Table of contents

Ana Deumert and Stephanie Durrleman 1-6
Part I: Structure
The phonetics of tone in Saramaccan
Jeff Good 9-28
Tracing the origin of modality in the creoles of Suriname
Bettina Migge 29-59
Modelling Creole Genesis: Headedness in morphology
Tonjes Veenstra 61-83
The restructuring of tense/aspect systems in creole formation
Donald Winford 85-110
Syntactic properties of negation in Chinook Jargon, with a comparison of
two source languages
Zvjezdana Vrzic 111-133
Sri Lankan Malay morphosyntax: Lankan or Malay?
Peter Slomanson 135-158
Sri Lanka Malay: Creole or convert?
Ian R. Smith and Scott Paauw 159-181
The advantages of a blockage-based etymological dictionary for proven or
putative relexified languages: (Extrapolating from the Yiddish experience)
Paul Wexler 183-199
Part II: Variation
A fresh look at habitual be in AAVE
Chris Collins 203-224
Oral narrative and tense in urban Bahamian Creole English
Stephanie Hackert 225-242
Aspects of variation in educated Nigerian Pidgin: Verbal structures
Dagmar Deuber 243-261
A linguistic time-capsule: Plural /s/ reduction in Afro-Portuguese and
Afro-Hispanic historical texts
Fernanda L. Ferreira 263-289
The progressive in the spoken Papiamentu of Aruba
Tara Sanchez 291-314
Was Haitian ever more like French?
Mikael Parkvall 315-335
The late transfer of serial verb constructions as stylistic variants in
Saramaccan creole
Marvin Kramer 337-372
Index 373-376


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