Gradual Creolization

Studies celebrating Jacques Arends

Rachel Selbach | University of Amsterdam
Hugo C. Cardoso | University of Amsterdam
ORCID logoMargot van den Berg | Radboud University Nijmegen
ISBN 9789027252562 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027289360 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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Is creolization an abrupt or a gradual process? In this volume leading scholars provide both comparative and case studies that outline their working definitions and their views on the particular or average time depth, or key processes necessary for contact language formation, providing a state-of-the art assessment of the theory of gradual creolization. Authors scrutinize the roles of nativization, demography, initial settlement, language composition, koineization, adstrate presence, bilingualism, as well as a variety of structural features in pidgins, creoles and other contact languages world-wide. From Pacific to Atlantic, French-, English-, Dutch-, Portuguese- and other-lexified restructured varieties are covered. Syntactic, lexical, phonological, historical and socio-cultural studies are grouped into Part 1, Linguistic analysis, and Part 2, Social reconstruction. This volume provides the multi-faceted groundwork and expert discussion that will help formulate further a model of gradual creolization, as called for by the work of the late Jacques Arends.
[Creole Language Library, 34] 2009.  x, 392 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Linguists and scholars engaged with Pidgin and Creole genesis and language contact phenomena will find that this anthology offers a stimulating and comprehensive treatment of the key issues of these areas. Gradual Creolization celebrates Jacques Arends' substantial impact on the field and provides expert discussion that will help formulate further conclusions regarding the time-line of Creole formation within a historically realistic framework.”
“The volume is cohesive in demonstrating the importance of meticulous sociohistorical research in describing and theorizing about the origins of language contact varieties. It is both a valuable contribution to the field of contact linguistics and a fitting tribute to the work of Jacques Arends.”
“Overall, the present volume is an important addition to the creolistic literature.I like to think that if, from the other side, Jacques Arends could see this testament to a vibrant field, there would be a Bob Dylan verse to convey his reaction:
But my heart is not weary.
It’s light and it’s free.
I’ve got nothing but affection
For all those who’ve sailed with me. [“Mississippi,” from the album Love and Theft (2001)].”
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van den Berg, Margot, Evershed Kwasi Amuzu, Komlan Essizewa, Elvis Yevudey & Kamaïloudini Tagba
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CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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