Language Creation and Language Change: Creolization, Diachrony, and Development

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Research on creolization, language change over time, and language acquisition has been converging toward a triangulation of the constraints along which grammatical systems develop within individual speakers - and (viewed externally) across generations of speakers. The originality of this volume is in its comparison of various sorts of language growth from a number of linguistic-theoretic and empirical perspectives, using data from both speech and gestural modalities and from a diversity of acquisition environments. In turn, this comparison yields fresh insights on the mental bases of language creation.
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"This book represents an impressive range of informative reports onthe development of languages through change, creolization, andcreation, including the important story of the emergence of SignLanguage in Nicaragua, a major event in the lives of the peopleaffected and in the history of scientific language scholarship." Kenneth L. Hale, Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages andLinguistics,Linguistic Theory, Amerindian and Australian Languages,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Michel DeGraff is Associate Professor of Linguistics at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Ch. 1 Creolization, Language Change, and Language Acquisition: A Prolegomenon 1
Ch. 2 How to Acquire Language without Positive Evidence: What Acquisitionists Can Learn from Creoles 49
Ch. 3 Acquisition of Wh-Questions in Mauritian Creole 75
Ch. 4 On the Language Bioprogram Hypothesis: Hints from Tazie 95
Ch. 5 Language Acquisition and Creolization 129
Ch. 6 Reduced Input in the Acquisition of Signed Languages: Contributions to the Study of Creolization 161
Ch. 7 Creation through Contact: Sign Language Emergence and Sign Language Change in Nicaragua 179
Ch. 8 Functional Categories and Parameter Setting in the Second-Language Acquisition of Irish in Early Childhood 239
Ch. 9 An Explanation for the Decline of Null Pronouns in Certain Germanic and Romance Languages 257
Ch. 10 Verb Movement and Markedness 287
Ch. 11 Double-Object Constructions in the Creole Languages: Development and Acquisition 329
Ch. 12 The Roots of Negative Concord in French and French-Lexicon Creoles 375
Ch. 13 Creoles and Cues 431
Ch. 14 Broadening the Empirical Basis of Universal Grammar Models: A Commentary 453
Ch. 15 Creolization, Language Change, and Language Acquisition: An Epilogue 473
Contributors 545
Index 547
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