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Author, Analytic
Alleyne, Mervyn C.
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Department of Languages, Linguistics and Philosophy
Title, Analytic
Opposite processes in 'creolization'
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Neumann-Holzschuh,Ingrid; Schneider, Edgar W.
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Degrees of restructuring in creole languages
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Amsterdam
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John Benjamins
Date of Publication
2001
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125-133
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Abstract
The hypothesis is proposed that there may be two opposite processes at work in Caribbean creoles. English-lexifier languages appear to have originated with a structure very distant from English and are gradually becoming more like English, whereas structures of the French-lexifier languages are becoming less like French, with the most distinct creole structures being recent developments rather than products of an early phase of creole genesis. Examples are presented from English-lexified Saramaccan, Sranan, & Jamaican, & French-lexified Haitian, Reunionnais, & Louisanais to illustrate syntactic reanalysis of lexical items that is currently underway. Similar evolutionary processes are illustrated with examples from Latin through Vulgate to French.....
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