Putting Matawai on the Surinamese Linguistic Map

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Title: Putting Matawai on the Surinamese Linguistic Map
Authors: Migge, Bettina
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7912
Date: 2016
Online since: 2016-09-08T16:14:51Z
Abstract: The creoles of Suriname have figured prominently in research on creole languages. However, one variety, Matawai, has to date remained completely unresearched. This paper attempts to address this lacuna. It discusses its history and selected areas of grammar in order to assess the place of Matawai among its sister languages and its development. The linguistic analysis draws on recordings from 2013 and the 1970s. The paper provides evidence to support the view that Matawai is most closely related to Saamaka. However, there are also features that are unique to Matawai and those that appear to be due to either patterns of language contact with the other creoles of Suriname or common inheritance. The paper argues that systematic corpus-based analysis of lesser-used varieties provides new insights into existing debates.
Funding Details: University College Dublin
Funding Details: SeDyL
OSU
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
Journal: Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages
Volume: 32
Issue: 2
Start page: 233
End page: 262
Keywords: Creoles of SurinameMatawaiLanguage contactDiachronic changeCopulaFuture
DOI: 10.1075/jpcl.32.2.02mig
Other versions: https://www.benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/jpcl/main
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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