Boundaries and Bridges: Language Contact in Multilingual Ecologies

Boundaries and Bridges: Language Contact in Multilingual Ecologies


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Multidirectional language contact involving more than two languages is little described. However, it probably represents the most common type of contact in the world, where colonization, rapid socioeconomic and demographic change, and society-wide multilingualism have led to dramatic linguistic change. This book presents fascinating cases of multidirectional contact and convergence between highly diverse languages in an emerging linguistic area in Suriname and the Guianas and proposes a framework for comparable studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614516842
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 06/26/2017
Series: Language Contact and Bilingualism [LCB] Series , #14
Pages: 453
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kofi Yakpo, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Pieter Muysken, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Table of Contents

Preface v

List of contributors ix

Overview and background

Language contact and change in the multilingual ecologies of the Guianas Kofi Yakpo Pieter Muysken 3

The people and languages of Suriname Robert Borges 21

Case studies

Creole in transition: Contact with Dutch and typological change in Sranan Kofi Yakpo 57

The Maroon creoles of the Gulanas: Expansion, contact, and hybridization Robert Borges 87

Out of India: Language contact and change in Sarnami (Caribbean Hindustani) Kofi Yakpo 129

Developments in Surnamese Javanese Sophie Villerius 151

Hakka as spoken in Suriname Luis Miguel Rojas-Berscia Jia Ann Shi 179

Cariban in contact: New perspectives on Trio-Ndyuka pidgin Sergio Meira Pieter Muysken 197

Language contact in Southern Suriname: The case of Trio and Wayana Eithne B. Carlin 229

Contact-induced phenomena in Lokono (Arawakan) Konrad Rybka 257

The transformation of a colonial language: Surinamese Dutch Pieter Muysken 283

Comparative perspectives

The tense-mood-aspect systems of the languages of Suriname Robert Borges Pieter Muysken Sophie Villerius Kofi Yakpot 311

From grammar to meaning: Towards a framework for studying synchronic language contact Bettina Migge 363

Multilingual ecologies in the Guianas: Overview, typology, prospects Kofi Yakpo Pieter Muysken 383

References 405

Author index 433

Subject and language index 439

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