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An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles

An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles

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

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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. 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
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    '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

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    • 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
    Preface
    Abbreviations and symbols
    Maps
    1. Introduction
    2. The development of theory
    3. Social factors
    4. Lexicosemantics
    5. Phonology
    6. Syntax
    7. Conclusions
    References
    Index.

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    John Holm, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

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