Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles

An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles



Part of Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

  • Author: John Holm, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
  • Date Published: August 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521585811

£ 40.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Request inspection copy

Lecturers may request a copy of this title for inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • 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. John Holm examines the structure of these pidgins and creoles, the social history of their speakers, and the theories put forward to explain how their vocabularies, sound systems and grammars evolved. His new findings on structural typology, including non-Atlantic creoles, permit a wide-ranging assessment of the nature of restructured languages worldwide. This much-needed book will be welcomed by students and researchers in linguistics, sociolinguistics, western European languages, anthropology and sociology.

    • 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
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'The style in which the book is written is generally accessible and clear … The book is generally well-produced, containing a list of abbreviations, a 15-page index, and two detailed language maps.' Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521585811
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • 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

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.