Creoles, Their Substrates, and Language Typology by Claire Lefebvre

By Claire Lefebvre

In view that creole languages draw their homes from either their substrate and superstrate resources, the typological class of creoles has lengthy been an immense factor for creolists, typologists, and linguists often. numerous contradictory proposals were recommend within the literature. for instance, creole languages typologically pair with their superstrate languages (Chaudenson 2003), with their substrate languages (Lefebvre 1998), or perhaps, creole languages are alike (Bickerton 1984) such that they represent a “definable typological type” (McWhorter 1998). This ebook includes 25 chapters pertaining to certain comparisons of a few 30 creoles and their substrate languages. because the substrate languages of those creoles are typologically diversified, the designated research of substrate good points within the creoles ends up in a selected resolution to the query of the way creoles may be categorized typologically. the majority of the information exhibit that creoles reproduce the typological good points in their substrate languages. This argues that creoles can't be claimed to represent a definable typological category.

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