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Article: Towards a model of language contact and change in the English-lexifier creoles of Africa and the Caribbean

TitleTowards a model of language contact and change in the English-lexifier creoles of Africa and the Caribbean
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Co.
Citation
English World-Wide, 2017, v. 38 (Forthcoming) How to Cite?
AbstractThe Afro-Caribbean English-lexifier Creoles (AECs) exhibit fascinating combinations of disparate typological characteristics. I present a model of post-formative (“post-creolization”) contact and change and provide a comprehensive inventory of contact constellations in Africa and the Caribbean. I conduct a comparative analysis of causative constructions in seven African and Caribbean AECs, argue for the notional separation of the traditional creolist terms “superstrate”, “lexifier”, “substrate” and “adstrate”, and account for the linguistic-structural relevance of these distinctions. The model can explain the typological diversity within and across the AECs, help elucidate the genealogical and areal differentiation of the AECs, and contribute to our understanding of the processes and outcomes of language contact and change in multilingual ecologies.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/228777
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.625
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.407

 

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dc.contributor.authorYakpo, K-
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-23T14:07:03Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-23T14:07:03Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationEnglish World-Wide, 2017, v. 38 (Forthcoming)-
dc.identifier.issn0172-8865-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/228777-
dc.description.abstractThe Afro-Caribbean English-lexifier Creoles (AECs) exhibit fascinating combinations of disparate typological characteristics. I present a model of post-formative (“post-creolization”) contact and change and provide a comprehensive inventory of contact constellations in Africa and the Caribbean. I conduct a comparative analysis of causative constructions in seven African and Caribbean AECs, argue for the notional separation of the traditional creolist terms “superstrate”, “lexifier”, “substrate” and “adstrate”, and account for the linguistic-structural relevance of these distinctions. The model can explain the typological diversity within and across the AECs, help elucidate the genealogical and areal differentiation of the AECs, and contribute to our understanding of the processes and outcomes of language contact and change in multilingual ecologies.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Co.-
dc.relation.ispartofEnglish World-Wide-
dc.rightsEnglish World-Wide. Copyright © John Benjamins Publishing Co.-
dc.rightsReaders of post-print must contact John Benjamins Publishing for further reprinting or re-use-
dc.titleTowards a model of language contact and change in the English-lexifier creoles of Africa and the Caribbean-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailYakpo, K: kofi@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityYakpo, K=rp01715-
dc.identifier.hkuros260404-
dc.identifier.volume38-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-

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