Creole formation as Language Contact: The case of the Suriname Creoles

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Title: Creole formation as Language Contact: The case of the Suriname Creoles
Authors: Migge, Bettina
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Date: 2003
Abstract: The aim of the present study is twofold: First, it discusses the formation of radical creoles based on an examination of creole formation in Suriname. The discussion focuses on investigating and illustrating the processes and mechanisms involved in the formation of radical creoles and on determining the nature of the resulting strctures. Second, based on the findings, the study critically evaluates the tenets of the main current theories of creole formation. The investigation suggests that the main inputs to the formation of the predecessor(s) of the modern creoles of Suriname were the range of creole varieties, L2 and pidgin varieties of English (and Portuguese) spoken by the early plantation population and the native African languages of the slaves who arrived during Suriname’s transition to sugar monoculture. The processes and mechanisms that played a role in its formation were similar to those observed in cases of L2 acquisition.
Type of material: Book
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
Keywords: Surname creolesCreole formationContact settingsGbe languagesLanguage-internal changes
DOI: 10.1075/cll.25
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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