By Umberto Ansaldo (Ed.), Stephen Matthews (Ed.), Lisa Lim (Ed.)

Deconstructing Creole is a suite of reports geared toward significantly assessing the belief of creole languages as a homogeneous structural variety with shared and bizarre styles of genesis. Following up at the serious dialogue of notions of ‘creole exceptionalism’ as historic and ideological constructs, this quantity assessments the fundamental assumptions that underlie present makes an attempt to provide ‘creole constitution’ as a distinct sort, from typological in addition to sociohistorical views. The sum of the findings offered right here means that cautious empirical research of enter kinds and speak to environments can clarify the structural output with no recourse to a very good genesis state of affairs. Echoing calls to dissolve the inspiration of ‘creolization’ as a distinct diachronic approach, this quantity proposes that theoretically grounded methods to the notions of simplicity, complexity, transmission, and so on. don't warrant contemplating so-called ‘creole’ languages as a distinct synchronic sort.

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In other words, we do not assume a priori that a different set of explanatory principles is required to account for the formation of a new grammar in a contact environment, but rather that explanations grounded in general linguistic principles, historical linguistics and language change, can account for the emergence of new structure. The thesis presented here is simple: if we have sufficient information about the typological input in a contact environment, we are in a position to explain the structural output by looking at how features of the input varieties are selected, discarded and exapted into the new grammar.

Affixation) but also the alternative morphological methods such as reduplication which are used by numerous languages, including Creoles. Therefore, the somewhat bold pronouncement made by Seuren and Wekker (2001: 424) that “the absence (or extreme poverty) of morphology in Creole languages seems to be a solid datum, and a highly significant one”, appears to be not as solid a datum as previously believed. In the second part of the chapter, we looked at the view forwarded by McWhorter that Creoles do not possess inflectional morphology because inflectional systems take very long to develop and Creoles have not been around long enough to give rise to this phenomenon in their grammars.

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