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Creole Genesis and the Acquisition of Grammar: The Case of Haitian Creole
     

Creole Genesis and the Acquisition of Grammar: The Case of Haitian Creole

by J. Bresnan
 

ISBN-10: 0521593824

ISBN-13: 9780521593823

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This study focuses on the cognitive processes involved in creole genesis: relexification, reanalysis, and direct leveling. The role of these processes is documented by a detailed comparison of Haitian creole with its two major contributing languages, French and Fongbe, to illustrate how mechanisms from source languages show themselves in creole. The author

Overview

This study focuses on the cognitive processes involved in creole genesis: relexification, reanalysis, and direct leveling. The role of these processes is documented by a detailed comparison of Haitian creole with its two major contributing languages, French and Fongbe, to illustrate how mechanisms from source languages show themselves in creole. The author examines the input of adult, as opposed to child, speakers and resolves the problems in the three main approaches, universalist, superstratist and substratist, which have been central to the recent debate on creole development.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521593823
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series , #88
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. The problem of creole genesis and linguistic theory; 2. Cognitive processes involved in creole genesis; 3. The research methodology; 4. Functional category lexical entries involved in nominal structure; 5. The preverbal markers encoding relative tense, mood and aspect; 6. Pronouns; 7. Functional category lexical entries involved in the structure of the clause; 8. The determiner and the structure of the clause; 9. The syntactic properties of verbs; 10. Are derivational affixes relexified? 11. The concatenation of words in compounds; 12. Parameters; 13. Evaluation of the hypothesis; 14. Theoretical consequences; Appendices; Notes; References; Indexes.

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