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An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)by John A. Holm
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This textbook is a clear and concise introduction to the study of how new languages come into being. Starting with an overview of the field's basic concepts, it surveys the new languages that developed as a result of the European expansion to the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Long misunderstood as "bad" versions of European languages, today such varieties as Jamaican Creole English, Haitian Creole French and New Guinea Pidgin are recognized as distinct languages in their own right.
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Building on his earlier volumes for the series, Pidgins and Creoles, volumes I and II, Holm (U. of Coimbra, Portugal) presents the most important information relating to spoken languages that fall between two officially recognized languages. He argues that while universal tendencies in adult second-language acquisition carries over into pidginization and creolization, such as dropping inflection, there are a significant number of features that are not attributable to a creole language's superstrate and can be traced to parallel features in its substrate languages. He draws mainly on English-based Atlantic creoles of the Caribbean and west Africa.
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A clear and concise introduction to the study of how new languages come into being.
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