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An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles

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  • Author: John Holm, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
  • Date Published: October 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521584609

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  • This textbook is a clear and concise introduction to the study of how new languages come into being. Starting with an overview of the field's basic concepts, it surveys the new languages that developed as a result of the European expansion to the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Long misunderstood as "bad" versions of European languages, today such varieties as Jamaican Creole English, Haitian Creole French and New Guinea Pidgin are recognized as distinct languages in their own right.

    • Clear and concise introduction to the study of how new languages come into being
    • Survey of the new languages that developed as a result of the European expansion to the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific
    • Written by Professor John Holm, the author of Cambridge University Press's successful and highly regarded Pidgins and Creoles
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    "This book is well written, clear, and accessible to students with a minimum of linguistics background, and in all it covers well what it sets out to discuss." Studies in Second Language Acquisition

    "Holm has worked on these languages for the best part of three decades, and this is apparent in the width and scope of his research." Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521584609
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 2 maps 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    Abbreviations and symbols
    1. Introduction
    2. The development of theory
    3. Social factors
    4. Lexicosemantics
    5. Phonology
    6. Syntax
    7. Conclusions

  • Author

    John Holm, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

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