Salikoko S. Mufwene

List of John Benjamins publications for which Salikoko S. Mufwene plays a role.


Book series


Subjects Afro-Asiatic languages | Other African languages


Clements, J. Clancy and Salikoko S. Mufwene 2020 William J. Samarin: 7 February, 1926 – 16 January, 2020Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 35:2, pp. 207–212 | Obituary
Mufwene, Salikoko S. and Georges Daniel Véronique 2020 Robert Chaudenson, 1937–2020Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 35:2, pp. 213–217 | Obituary
Mufwene, Salikoko S. and Cécile B. Vigouroux 2017 Individuals, populations, and timespace: Perspectives on the ecology of language revisitedLanguage Ecology 1:1, pp. 75–103 | Article
In the present article we distinguish the concept of ecology of language as articulated in Mufwene (2001ff) from that of ecolinguistics developed especially by Mühlhäusler (1996ff), Fill and Mühlhäusler (2001), Couto (2009), and several contributors to Fill and Benz (to appear). We explain how… read more
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 2016 A cost-and-benefit approach to language lossEndangered Languages and Languages in Danger: Issues of documentation, policy, and language rights, Filipović, Luna and Martin Pütz (eds.), pp. 115–143 | Article
The linguistics discourse on language endangerment and loss has been marked by a number of disputable assumptions about what languages are and about the terrible price humanity incurs in losing linguistic and cultural diversity as some of them die. I dispute some of those assumptions, including the… read more
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 2014 Language ecology, language evolution, and the actuation questionThe Sociolinguistics of Grammar, Åfarli, Tor A. and Brit Mæhlum (eds.), pp. 13–36 | Article
I argue in this essay that from a phylogenetic perspective human languages emerged as communicative technologies responding to various ecological pressures experienced by the hominine species during its protracted evolution. The most important of these pressures were cognitive and social,… read more
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 2014 The English origins of African American Vernacular English: What Edgar W. Schneider has taught usThe Evolution of Englishes: The Dynamic Model and beyond, Buschfeld, Sarah, Thomas Hoffmann, Magnus Huber and Alexander Kautzsch (eds.), pp. 349–364 | Article
This chapter shows how the English-origins hypothesis on the emergence of African American Vernacular English (AAVE) seems to prevail against the creole-origins alternative. My arguments are embedded in the socioeconomic history of contacts between African slaves and European colonists (mostly… read more
Over the past two decades, studies of the phylogenetic emergence of language have typically focused on grammatical characteristics, especially those that distinguish modern languages from animal communication. The relevant literature has thus left the reader with the impression that language is… read more
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 2010 Creoles and creolizationVariation and Change: Pragmatic perspectives, Fried, Mirjam, Jan-Ola Östman and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 46–60 | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 2009 Restructuring, hybridization, and complexity in language evolutionComplex Processes in New Languages, Aboh, Enoch O. and Norval Smith (eds.), pp. 367–400 | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 2009 The indigenization of English in North AmericaWorld Englishes – Problems, Properties and Prospects: Selected papers from the 13th IAWE conference, Hoffmann, Thomas and Lucia Siebers (eds.), pp. 353–368 | Article
indigenization is interpreted below as the adaptation of a language to the communicative habits and needs of its speakers in a novel ecology. Thus North American Englishes are as indigenized as those of Asia and Africa. The equation for indigenization is the same, although the outcomes vary… read more
Ansaldo, Umberto, Lisa Lim and Salikoko S. Mufwene 2007 The sociolinguistic history of the Peranakans: What it tells us about 'creolization'Deconstructing Creole, Ansaldo, Umberto, Stephen Matthews and Lisa Lim (eds.), pp. 203–226 | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 2007 Creoles and creolizationHandbook of Pragmatics: 2007 Installment, Östman, Jan-Ola and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 1–17 | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 2006 Albert Valdman on the development of creolesHistory, Society and Variation: In honor of Albert Valdman, Clements, J. Clancy, Thomas A. Klingler, Deborah Piston-Hatlen and Kevin J. Rottet (eds.), pp. 203–223 | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 2006 How Bantu is Kiyansi? A re-examination of its verbal inflectionsStudies in African Linguistic Typology, Voeltz, F.K. Erhard (ed.), pp. 327–335 | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 2001 2. What is African American English?Sociocultural and Historical Contexts of African American English, Lanehart, Sonja L. (ed.), pp. 21 ff. | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 2000 Creolization is a social, not a structural, processDegrees of Restructuring in Creole Languages, Neumann-Holzschuh, Ingrid and Edgar W. Schneider (eds.), pp. 65 ff. | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1999 Accountability in Descriptions of CreolesCreole Genesis, Attitudes and Discourse: Studies celebrating Charlene J. Sato, Rickford, John R. and Suzanne Romaine (eds.), pp. 157 ff. | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1998 Salikoko S. MufweneJournal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 13:1, p.  | Miscellaneous
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1997 KitúbaContact Languages: A wider perspective, Thomason, Sarah G. (ed.), pp. 173–208 | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1996 Creoles and creolizationHandbook of Pragmatics: 1995 Installment, Verschueren, Jef, Jan-Ola Östman, Jan Blommaert † and Chris Bulcaen (eds.), pp. 1–14 | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1996 The Founder Principle in Creole GenesisDiachronica 13:1, pp. 83–134 | Article
SUMMARY In this paper, the author discusses one of the aspects of creole genesis from a population genetics perspective, analogizing 'language' with 'population' (rather than 'organism', the tradition in linguistics) and 'linguistic feature' with 'gene'. With language contact analogized to… read more
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1996 The development of American Englishes: Some questions from a creole genesis perspectiveFocus on the USA, Schneider, Edgar W. (ed.), pp. 231 ff. | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1994 Guy Hazaël-Massieux 10 April 1936 - 5 July 1993Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 9:1, pp. 95–101 | Miscellaneous
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1993 Are There Possessive Pronouns in Atlantic Creoles?Atlantic Meets Pacific: A global view of pidginization and creolization, Byrne, Francis and John Holm † (eds.), pp. 133 ff. | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1992 Why Grammars are Not MonolithicThe Joy of Grammar: A festschrift in honor of James D. McCawley, Brentari, Diane, Gary N. Larson and Lynn A. MacLeod (eds.), pp. 225 ff. | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1992 Ideology and facts on African American EnglishPragmatics 2:2, pp. 141–166 | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1992 The Reviewer RespondsDiachronica 9:1, pp. 149–151 | Miscellaneous
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1992 Review of Todd (1990): Pidgins and creolesJournal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 7:1, pp. 164–168 | Review
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1991 Language Genesis and Human EvolutionDiachronica 8:2, pp. 239–254 | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1991 Is Gullah Decreolizing? A Comparison of a Speech Sample of the 1930s with a Sample of the 1980sThe Emergence of Black English: Text and commentary, Bailey, Guy, Natalie Maynor and Patricia Cukor-Avila (eds.), pp. 213 ff. | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1991 Pidgins, Creoles, Typology, and MarkednessDevelopment and Structures of Creole Languages: Essays in honor of Derek Bickerton, Byrne, Francis and Thom Huebner (eds.), pp. 123 ff. | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1991 Some Reasons Why Gullah is not Dying YetEnglish World-Wide 12:2, pp. 215–243 | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1990 Time Reference in Kikongo-KitubaPidgin and Creole Tense/Mood/Aspect Systems, Singler, John Victor (ed.), pp. 97 ff. | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1989 Colonial, Hypermetropic, And Wishful LinguisticsJournal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 4:2, pp. 241–254 | Miscellaneous
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1989 Some Explanations that Strike Me as IncompleteJournal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 4:1, pp. 117–128 | Miscellaneous
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1988 Why Study Pidgins and Creoles?Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 3:2, pp. 265–276 | Miscellaneous
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1988 Starting on the Wrong FootJournal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 3:1, pp. 109–117 | Miscellaneous
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1986 Restrictive Relativization in GullahJournal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 1:1, pp. 1–31 | Article
It is argued in this paper that there are three kinds of relative clause (RC) strategies in Gullah: the deletion, WH-pronoun, and resumptive pronoun (RP) strategies. The deletion strategy applies to RC's beginning with a null (0) COMP or a purposive fuh, the WH strategy applies to Ø-COMP RC's, and… read more
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1986 Notes on durative constructions in Jamaican and Guyanese CreoleFocus on the Caribbean, Görlach, Manfred † and John Holm † (eds.), pp. 167 ff. | Article
Mufwene, Salikoko S. 1983 Observations on Time Reference in Jamaican and Guyanese CreolesEnglish World-Wide 4:2, pp. 199–229 | Article