Devonish, Hubert St. L.
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Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy
On the Sierra Leone-Caribbean connection: Hot on the trail of tone shifted items in Anglo-West African
Due respect: Papers on English and English-related creoles in the Caribbean in honour of Professor Robert LePage edited by Pauline Christie
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University of the West Indies Press
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Focuses on phonology and the supra-segmental systems of the Atlantic English Creoles that resulted from the interaction between West African tonal systems and the stress accent system of English. Presents the tonal realizations of the exceptions in Guyanese creole in an attempt to ascertain whether these exceptions started among the varieties spoken in West Africa and spread to the non-Suriname American varieties or vice versa. Linguistic evidence is used to evaluate historical claims that Sierra Leone Krio influenced the non-Suriname American varieties versus claims that the influence was in the opposite direction.....